Auburn University crime stats show increase in reported rapes

(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – Auburn University's Campus Safety has released its crime stats from 2016.

According to the stats, the number of reported rapes has increased over the years. Safety officials say one of the most staggering numbers is domestic violence cases jumping from 14 to 36 cases in a year.

Students say this isn't something they would normally take a look at and some of the numbers are shocking.

"It kind of makes me wonder how safe I actually am concerning those issues," says Auburn University student Gracie Goodrum. "It just kind of freaks me out because it can happen to anyone," says Auburn University student Claire Reach.

Another number of note, almost 50 more arrests made in liquor and drug-related cases verse last year.

"That doesn't surprise me at all," says Goodrum.

Susan McCallister is the associate director of campus safety and security at Auburn she says the guidelines the university uses to look at crime are different from what the state uses.

"I don't think there's anything super surprising about the numbers. I think one of the things we need to take into consideration when looking at them is that we use definitions that are different from state definitions so some of our stalking and domestic violence cases are numbers you wouldn't normally think of," McCallister explains.

Despite a rise in some numbers, burglaries on campus plummeted and students say all in all the Plains is a safe place to be.

"I haven't had any problems yet I walk home in the dark and don't feel scared," says Goodrum.

Some of the crimes are a two-for-one meaning if there is a domestic violence case that falls under a certain umbrella then it could also count as a stalking or other crime according to university standards.

Campus safety and security officials say they are constantly evaluating crime on campus and look for ways to prevent it from happening.

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