On the morning of Dec. 13, an armed man robbed the State Employees’ Credit Union just across the street from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Within an hour-and-a-half, the campus was on lockdown as law officers searched for suspects. A few hours later, the officers arrested a 21-year-old WCU student at his apartment and charged him with the crime.
Such incidents don’t always end so smoothly, but given the specter of violent crimes on and near college campuses, they invariably make headlines, at least for a while. But there are a myriad of less-publicized crimes that can also threaten students’ well-being.
That’s why, when comparison-shopping colleges, it might pay off to check out the numbers that schools rarely tout in their promotional literature: campus crime statistics. ...
The Clery Act reporting makes it relatively easy to review and compare the basic data. For example, here are some of the numbers as reported by Western North Carolina’s three largest campuses in 2010:
• Appalachian State University, with 16,968 students, reported three sex offenses, 21 burglaries and 236 arrests for alcohol and drug violations.
• Western Carolina University, with 9,429 students, reported five sex offenses, 38 burglaries and 93 arrests for alcohol and drug violations.
• The University of North Carolina at Asheville, with 3,897 students, reported three sex offenses, 13 burglaries and 17 arrests for alcohol and drug violations.
When surveying the reports, it’s important to keep in mind a few caveats and clarifications...Read the full article