In addition to keeping records of the number of enrolled students, classes offered and graduation petitions submitted, SJSU keeps detailed statistics on another aspect of college life – crime.
As of May 2, the University Police Department recorded a total of 1,182 crimes reported in the 2012-13 academic year, according to the UPD's Incident Directory Report.
The report also stated that some hot spots for crime include the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and Joe West Hall.
However, the majority of the reported crimes occurred in the neighboring streets surrounding SJSU, rather than directly on campus.
According to Sgt. John Laws of UPD, university police patrol the neighborhoods around campus generally between Highway 280 and St. John Street and between First and 16th Streets.
According to SJSU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, the most recent data shows that in 2011, 70 arrests were made on campus, most of those were drug abuse violations.
Muhamed Causevic, a senior graphic design major said he doesn't feel the threat of crime on campus.
“I feel pretty safe,” said Causevic.
He said he feels there is less crime on university campuses.
“It feels much safer than the community college I went to,” he said.
According to the most recent available data from the CSU’s Annual Report of Crime Statistics, SJSU ranked second highest in number of crimes reported among 23 CSU campuses from 2008-2010.
San Diego State ranked highest for crimes reported in all three years, while Cal Maritime Academy, Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State Channel Islands ranked among the lowest.
The CSU’s data categorizes crimes
into Part I and Part II offenses.
Part I offenses include more violent and property-related crimes, such as homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, arson and motor vehicle thefts, according to the CSU's Report.
Part II offenses, according to the Report, include lesser offenses, such as vandalism, drug abuse violations, drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
SJSU ranked second highest in 2010 for both Part I and Part II offenses with 460 and 1,051 respectively.
“I definitely wouldn't sign up for night classes,” Nicole Ingersoll, a sophomore business student, said.
According to Ingersoll, the university’s downtown location as well as public access is reason for concern.
“Because we’re right downtown, it poses a threat,” she said. “It’s not necessarily the students I’m worried about … with the public library, anyone can come on campus.”
Ingersoll said she has never been on campus at night and would utilize the police escort service if she were in the future.
The Evening Guide Escort Program provides 24/7 escort service for students, staff
and faculty via police service assistants either on foot or in carts.
The Evening Shuttle Program also escorts students via minivans Monday through Friday, between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.
“The University Police Department uses about $14,623.47 per year on these programs,” Laws stated in an email.
According to Laws, about 2,325 people have used the Evening Guide Program and about 2,234 have used the Evening Shuttle Program so far this school year.
The UPD advises students to use the escort programs if walking alone at night.
To request an escort service, students can use a Bluelight or elevator telephone on campus, dial 4-2000 from a campus phone, or call 408-924-2222.
They will then be connected to a UPD dispatcher who will arrange an escort, according to information from the UPD.
Other tips to stay safe on campus include: always be aware of your surroundings, walk in well-lit, populated areas, and carry some type of noise-making device that can attract attention if necessary.