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Crime Spree

By: Jyllian Roach, Editor-In-Chief | Information From cnm.edu/depts/security

Cleary Report Reveals Increased Crime Trend on Main Campus

The number of crimes on campus for 2011 was higher than any of the three previ­ous years, according to the Cleary Crime Report.

The report, which was released earlier this month, reveals that crime on campus is at its worst – especially on Main campus.

Larceny, which has been the highest crime on the Cleary Report for 2008 – 2011, was reported 210 times; a 27 percent increase from 2010.

Simple assaults were only up two from 2010, which had had 13 reported.

Nine reports of aggravated assault were filed in 2011; there were none filed in 2010.

Similarly, there were 10 drunk in public, two driving under the influence, six drug abuse violations, and six weapons pos­sessions disciplinary referrals in 2011 and zero in 2010.

Forcible sex offenses have also increased from one in 2010 to three in 2011. Director of Student Discipline and Responsibility Kristopher Gaussoin said that it is important to remember that the forc­ible sex offense definition is designed to be broad and includes unwanted touching of any sort.

Crime on Main campus was triple that of any other campus with a total of 189 reportable incidents. Montoya, South Valley, Westside, Rio Rancho, Technology Annex and Workforce Training Center had a combined total of 58 reportable offences, most of which were larceny.

Murder, manslaugh­ter, non-forcible sex offense, robbery, arson and injury or death by fire has remained at zero on all campuses since 2008.

The report also includes reminders that security can help with vehicle jump-starts, car lock-outs, CPR and first aid services, and escorts from a classroom to a car. For any of these services, or to report a crime on campus students can call 224-3002.

The Cleary Crime Report is an annual crime statistics and procedure report required by the fed­eral government for all higher education institutions. To read the CNM Cleary Crime Report visit cnm.edu/ depts/security. Then select security documents.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do

  • Project calmness
  • Be an empathetic listener
  • Focus your attention on the other person
  • Maintain a relaxed yet attentive posture
  • Acknowledge the person’s feelings. Indicate that you can see he/she is upset.
  • Establish ground rules
  • Use delaying tactics that will give the person time to calm down.
  • Be reassuring and point out choices.
  • Accept criticism in a positive way.
  • Ask for his/her recommendations. Arrange yourself so that a visitor cannot block your access to an exit.

 

Don’t

  • Use styles of communication that generate hostility
  • Pose in challenging stances
  • Make sudden movements that can be seen as threatening.
  • Challenge, threaten or dare the individual.
  • Criticize or act impatiently
  • Attempt to bargain with threatening individual.
  • Make false statements or promises you cannot keep.
  • Try to impart a lot of technical or complicated information
  • Take sides or agree with distortions.
  • Invade the individual’s per­sonal space.

 

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