Report to the Community
It is an unfortunate fact that criminal incidents of all types occur on college campuses. Most colleges around the country investigate and make public the nature of crimes and how frequently they occur. Westmont follows this practice and believes that reporting this information to the public increases community awareness of the importance of taking steps to prevent criminal activity.
Westmont encourages victims of crime to report the incidents to Campus Public Safety regardless of how insignificant the crime maybe appear. To report a crime, a victim or witness need only call extension 6222 or 565-6222. A public safety officer will take the information. The officer will make an official report and send a copy to the victim upon request. College administrators receive reports about crime on a regular basis.
Westmont Public Safety officers will also assist victims who
want to report crimes to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department.
Actual Crime at Westmont
In comparison with other campuses of similar size, Westmont has one of the lowest crime rates in California. The chart below illustrates the actual number of crimes reported to campus authorities during the past three years. Beginning with the 1999 statistics, additional new categories have been added. They include manslaughter, hate crimes, and persons referred for campus disciplinary action for violation of liquor, drug, and weapons laws. In addition, the crime statistics are broken into the following 4 groups: offenses that occur on campus, offenses that occur in or at a non-campus building, offenses that occur in the residence halls, and offenses that occur on public property areas contiguous to the campus.
Although we believe our low incidence of crime will continue, we do not want to give you a false sense of security. You need to know that crime will occur on campus. However, prevention can reduce criminal activity.
Westmont continues to increase its efforts to prevent crime. During the past few years, the college has dramatically improved the night lighting on footpaths and in parking lots. Also, Westmont has added additional patrol officers on the midnight shift to increase coverage of the residence hall areas.
You play a key role in efforts to prevent crime on campus.
Be cautious, careful, and alert to reduce the risk of theft
or incidents that might compromise your safety. Please use the
guidelines for preventing crime listed in this pamphlet.
Westmont has implemented these measures to prevent crime. Some of these efforts include:
Here are a few quick tips for personal safety and property security.
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