UNM Releases 2022 Annual Fire and Safety Report: UNM Newsroom
Today, UNM’s Office of Compliance, Ethics, and Equal Opportunity (CEEO) released the University’s 2022 Annual Fire and Safety Report in accordance with the Deed Jeanne Clery. Crime and security are of concern to many people nationwide. New Mexico is no different and here in Albuquerque, safety is a top priority for University of New Mexico (UNM) officials.
The report contains crime and fire statistics for the calendar years 2019, 2020 and 2021. As you know, the Nation has seen an increase in crime as it grapples with COVID-19 and its aftermath . Over the past three years, UNM has seen its campus open (2019), fully closed (2020), and partially closed (2021), which has contributed to fluctuating crime rates.
The pandemic has led to increased unemployment, unhoused people and families facing quarantine and working and learning from home. Domestic violence is believed to have increased nationally by double digits in major metropolitan areas amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Motor vehicle thefts have also increased in New Mexico and nationally.
Despite this, UNM remained a low-risk area despite its status as a metropolitan university. Most of the crime rates reflected in the ASFSR for calendar year 2021 have remained stable and some have seen a decrease from those of previous years.
“Our institution’s compliance with the Clery Act, and more importantly, our level of transparency, has made tremendous progress over the past few years,” said Clery Coordinator Adrienne Helms. “We have a lot of work planned for the coming months. Our goal is to build an even stronger infrastructure of crime prevention programs, victim support, and resources on campus that is both equitable and sustainable.
The issue of campus security has been an area of ongoing concern for UNM President Garnett Stokes. This fall, the President plans to announce the creation of UNM’s newest campus safety initiative, the Campus Life Safety Task Force. His announcement will come on the heels of another Campus Safety Week during National Campus Safety Awareness Month.
“President Stokes continues to make campus safety one of her top priorities and in doing so has continued to support several initiatives and secured additional funding that has made a difference,” said the Chief of Staff. UNM Police, Joe Silva. “Funding to launch a peer escort service has been secured which will provide students with opportunities to help their community, develop leadership qualities and have a direct impact on the safety of our community A M.
“In addition to our robust surveillance system, the police department is also evaluating other technologies to contribute to a more proactive approach to crime on campus. These initiatives, along with targeted patrols and other directed activities with our law enforcement partners in the metro area, have had a positive impact on overall campus security.
Initiatives such as think about it, a required program that the LoboRESPECT Advocacy Center offers students, continues to educate the campus on interpersonal relationships and healthy behaviors. The University credits this program, CEEO’s ongoing University-wide Title IX training efforts, and other awareness campaigns with helping it achieve its broader mission to reduce and prevent violence. sexual and relational and harassment on campus. UNM officials say these and other initiatives continue to lead to an increase in the proper reporting of sexual assault cases.
“We have an exceptional team of professionals working in the police department who help support our patrol officers and supervisors,” Silva said. “These officers patrol the nearly 800-acre UNM campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. UNMPD is committed to keeping our campus safe and working with the broader community to help support this mission.
The full report is now available to the campus community at UNM Campus Safety Webpage under the Main campus link. Interested parties may request a copy from the Office of Compliance, Ethics, and Equal Opportunity (609 Buena Vista Dr., NE).
“The UNM Police Department is working hard to make this campus a safe place to live, learn, work and play,” Silva said. “We believe the information contained in UNM’s Annual Safety and Fire Safety Report is informative and useful. We hope you will take the time to review it.