Crime levels rise and fall, according to new Clery Report

by Allison Hagan / Beacon Staff • October 15, 2015

The number of reported burglaries at Emerson’s Boston campus more than doubled over the last year, according to the latest Clery Compliance Report.

Released by Oct. 1 of every year by the Emerson College Police Department, the report is mandated by federal law. Colleges are required to report crimes that occur on or near their campus.

There were 13 burglaries this year, compared to six in 2013. Five took place in the residence halls, and eight of the burglaries happened in academic buildings.

“There’s no rhyme or reason,” Deputy Chief Eric Schiazza said. “Something goes up or down over a year or so.”

Within the last few weeks, four laptops were reported stolen. According to Schiazza, these cases of theft are considered larceny, not burglary. In order to fall under burglarizing, trespassing must occur, which doesn’t apply to public spaces.

Melissa Barletta, a freshman visual and media arts major, said she has noticed a trend of theft on campus.

“When something like burglaries goes up, it signals for people to be more aware of their surroundings and keep doors locked,” Barletta said.

Reported drug law violations have gone down almost a third, from 99 to 36.

There were three reports of domestic violence and two of stalking this year, compared to no reports in previous years. The college received seven reports of rape, a slight decline from last year’s nine. In 2012, only one case of rape was documented.

Brandon Pata, a freshman visual and media arts major, said he thinks that as the college becomes more open to issues of sexual misconduct, more people have come forward about their own experiences with it. He said this could be why the number of reports increased so much in 2013.

“People are starting to feel better about reporting it when this happens, which is a good thing,” Pata said. “But the fact that it happens so frequently is just awful.”

Emerson is also responsible for reporting crimes that occur on its other campuses. In 2014, one case of rape was reported at Emerson’s Kasteel Well campus, and during 2013, three drug violations were reported. The only criminal offense reported at Emerson’s Los Angeles campus was a burglary which was the only reported on-campus crime within the last three years.