Fortunately, there has been a general decline in the number of crimes on college campuses. In 2018, there were almost 30,000 crimes committed on US campuses. However, that number has only declined since then.
The best way for students to protect their future is to know some facts about college crimes and what to do if they commit them.
1. How safe are US colleges?
While colleges still strive to protect their students, campus crimes happen. For every 1,000 students, approximately two crimes happen. Some of the most common charges on campuses include burglary, vehicular theft, drug crimes and DWIs.
2. What should students do if they commit a crime?
While most students make it through their years on campus without committing a crime, accidents happen. Whatever crime students commit, they need to know what to do if they find themselves facing charges. Some things to do beginning with arrest include:
- Cooperating with law enforcement
- Following instructions while at the station
- Calling a family member for support
- Listening to their representative’s advice
- Abiding by any civil orders issued
- Preparing for severe cases like identity theft
Some students may also consider changing housing arrangements to keep themselves out of the spotlight during their case.
3. Do students report crimes?
A lot of times, students do not report crimes. The reasons for this vary. However, there is still a decent chance that individuals who commit crimes on campus will get identified and caught.
Campus crimes can severely impact an individual’s future. Therefore, college students charged with these crimes take appropriate steps after their arrest and during their case to ensure they do not do more damage to their future.