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Crime Rates Increase at LIU Post; Drug Related Arrests Decrease

By Moa Golster
Online Editor

The overall crime rate at LIU Post has increased since 2012, while drug related arrests have decreased tremendously, according to LIU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (2015). The report presents statistics regarding crime and other campus safety issues from 2014.

The Public Safety building. Photo: Paul Whitbeck
The Public Safety building.
Photo: Paul Whitbeck

A total of 18 crimes were reported on campus in 2014, 11 on campus and seven in the dorms. These included:

  • 7 cases of burglary
  • 4 cases of stalking
  • 2 cases of dating violence
  • 2 cases of fondling
  • 1 case of aggravated assault
  • 1 case of arson
  • And 1 case of “unfounded crime.”

The stalking cases are the first reported in the past two years, while a similar amount of burglaries have been reported in previous years.

The drug related arrests on campus have decreased from 100 arrests in 2012, to 54 arrests in 2013, and 15 in 2014.

Liquor arrests, however, increased from 153 in 2013, to 178 in 2014. This is still a significant decrease from 2012, when 234 people on campus were arrested for underage-drinking or illegal distribution of alcohol.

The report showed that the university, as the biggest residential LIU campus, has a significantly higher rate of crime, as well as liquor and drug related arrests compared to the other LIU campuses, including LIU Brooklyn.

In 2014, there were no reported fires at LIU Post. There were two fires in 2012, and one in 2013.

The report is issued by the university in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, New York Educational Law Article 129-B (enacted in July 2015) and various other laws and regulations.

Besides the crime statistics, the report includes the LIU students’ Bill of Rights, as well as information about what to do in the case of a fire or an emergency situation, or when the victim of a crime on campus. It also includes campus policies.

The report is available to every student and employee of LIU upon request by contacting either the Admissions Office, the Registrar’s Office or by accessing the following website:

The Pioneer reached Public Safety for a comment on the statistics, but was referred to the Dean of Students, Abby Van Vlerah, who was not available to comment.

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