During the 2013 fall semester, theft was the most commonly reported incident on Public Safety's Daily Crime Log; other incidents included medical emergencies, vehicle accidents and fire (photo illustration by Sammi Manning).

During the 2013 fall semester, theft was the most commonly reported incident on Public Safety’s Daily Crime Log; other incidents included medical emergencies, vehicle accidents and fire (photo illustration by Sammi Manning).

By Heather Redinger

As of Monday, Jan. 13, the Daily Crime Log found on the theRock had not been updated since Aug. 24, 2013.

Public Safety is responsible for an environment where the community can work and learn while feeling safe in their surroundings, so a noticeable lack of updates on the daily crime log was a surprise for some students.

“I don’t know if the lack of updates is because there hasn’t been any crime, but it brings me to a concern,” said freshman Tori Cross.

Pete Sola, head of Public Safety at UNW, explained the absence of updates as “an oversight on our part.”

According to the Handbook for Safety, however, Public Safety was not in violation of any requirements of crime log updates. The handbook simply requires each daily crime to be recorded and stored in hard copy format. Sola said that these copies are always available for viewing in the office of Public Safety, room B011.

When the issue of an expired crime log was reported to Public Safety, on-site staff said that they were in the process of updating the log. Sola also mentioned he has a desire to purchase a better system for crime log updates in order to ensure a more reliable log.

UNW students are grateful for Public Safety’s work in updating the system. “It helps students feel safer knowing what’s going on,” said freshman Sara Wester.

Although the level of crime may be lower on a Christian campus than at a public university, crime is still an issue. Sola explained that, on average, UNW has 10 to 12 reported criminal incidents a year. These crimes can be prevented if the community works together by taking responsibility of each individual’s belongings as well as the belongings of those around them.

If crime of any sort does take place, students should immediately report the incident to Public Safety by calling 651-631-5310 or by going to the Public Safety office located in the basement of the Bernsten Library, B011.

“The sooner a report is given, the greater likelihood we can be of assistance,” Sola said.

Public Safety reminds students to call 911 in serious incidents so the police and emergency staff can assist in resolving the situation.

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