2012 shows increase in crime on Baton Rouge college campuses
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Crime at the state's flagship campus rose from 2011 to 2012 in the majority of crime areas.
2012 saw more forced sexual assaults, robberies, burglaries and aggravated assaults on campus than the year before. But despite the numbers, students like Brian Mart said they feel safe.
"Around any college there will be crime, just the amount of people gathered in one area. There’s a natural propensity, I guess, for crime to happen," said Brain Mart, an LSU sophomore.
Captain Cory Lalonde with the LSU Police Department said the jump in numbers may not mean a jump in crime though, it could just spell a jump in reporting.
"The increases can be somewhat attributed to the 'see something, say something,' campaign that we did start in 2011," explained Lalonde.
Captain Lalonde explained that the number of calls the department responded to 4,000 more calls for service in 2012 than in 2011.
LSU student Courtney Brandabur agrees, she said she thinks more people are reporting crimes and taking an active role in preventing it from happening.
"To me it seems about the same rate that it always has, but more people are talking about it, which is excellent because it raises awareness and that shows a stronger trust in the enforcement in this area," added Brandabur.
Lalonde said as always their first line of defense is just making sure students keep themselves out of dangerous situations if they can.
“It’s a never ending process to try to educate the community and to be aware, and not to have that false sense of security that things aren't going to happen," added Lalonde.
At Southern University several instances of crimes rose. In 2011 there were no reported sexual assaults, that number rose to three in 2012. There was also a noticeable increase in burglaries on campus. That number jumped from 35 in 2011 to 62 in 2012.