Campus Security Reports Decrease in Crime, Increase in Efficiency
In late September 2016, the North Greenville University Campus Security Department submitted its annual Campus Security Report to the United States Department of Education, with a demonstrated decrease in on-campus crime.
Reports of this nature are required by a federal law referred to as the “Clery Act,” named after Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University student raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. Her murder triggered a backlash against unreported crime on campuses across the country.
The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education. The report is required to provide crime statistics for the prior three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses.
Based on the Clery-mandated reporting criteria, NGU has seen a steady decrease in reportable criminal activity over the last five years. The most significant drop was recorded during the period of 2015 to 2016, with a 73 percent decrease in campus crime.
The steady decrease corresponds to the implementation of more aggressive, proactive patrol procedures; increased frequency of training; and a community-oriented approach with regard to interaction with the campus community. The application of overlapping shift schedules providing an increase in available officers on station during peak times is also an articulable factor in the decline of reportable incidents.
While crime has decreased on the NGU campus, efficiency in the Campus Security Department has increased. The increase is a direct result to move to an automated software system to simplify the citation writing process and registering of permits.
The software allows the department to offer online permit sales, where the student is able to enter personal, vehicle, and insurance information; mobile ticket writing, which has made the citation process easier and gives the officer the ability to photograph the violation to eliminate appeals; online ticket payments, which enables customers to pay for tickets at any time of day at their convenience; a big-picture dashboard, which gives officers real-time updates on outstanding citations; and reporting to generate up-to-date reports.
“We have reduced our man hours spent [on] filing and data entry by over 65 percent,” says Rick Morris, chief of Campus Security. “It has allowed the department to collect an increase of 75 percent in revenue, which is linked to the ability to write more citations, reduce extra labor costs, and give the department more time to focus on other tasks and patrolling our campus.”
These improved work-flow systems have allowed the department to be more efficient and keep the NGU campus safer.
For more information about NGU’s Campus Security Department, visit ngu.edu/campus-security-pages.php.
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