With the release of BYU–Hawaii’s annual security and fire safety report, an annual report that shows crime and fire statistics of BYUH, students and security encourage people to be alert, aware and safe in their day-to-day lives.
According to the statistics from the BYU–Hawaii Clery Report 2019, in the calendar year of 2018 there was one rape, two cases of fondling, one robbery, one aggravated assault, 10 motor vehicle thefts, three domestic violence offenses, four dating violence offenses, one stalking and five drug abuse violations. According to the report, all these incidents took place on campus.
Nikita Schunkin, a sophomore biology major from Texas, shared his thoughts about these statistics. “It’s pretty surprising that stuff happens here, because I never hear anything about it unless I go looking for it. I wish I could hear more and have information more readily available about what’s going on and what we can do for ourselves and each other.
“In saying that, you have to expect that there is something going on anywhere you go. This is the real world and there isn’t any school in America that doesn’t have issues with crime or things like this.”
According to the report, any postsecondary educational institution that participates in Title IV student financial aid programs, such as BYUH, are required by federal law to compile and make this report available for public viewing.
Manager of Security and Risk Management Anthony Pickard said, “The report is required by federal law, by all universities throughout the United States. We wanted to compile and make sure we have an accurate report so that students and their parents can evaluate the school based off these statistics.”
How students can be safe
According to the BYU–Hawaii Public Safety website, the public safety team “provides a variety of resources and programs to promote crime prevention and awareness and to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.”
Schunkin added, “I don’t hear much about any problems on campus. The only time I do is if I talk to someone from Security and they tell me about it. Although I feel pretty safe because I try to be aware of how I can be safe.
The BYU–Hawaii Public Safety website also lists a number of resources to help keep students safe. These resources include literature on safety, campus safety open houses, the Seasider Guardian app, the Aloha Late Night Shuttle and other resources available for students to help ensure their safety.
Sharing his thoughts about student and campus safety, Damon Kumar, a senior majoring in HTM from Fiji, said, “I think safety on campus goes both ways. Students need to take proper precautions in their conduct, but also security can be there to assist students. Ultimately students need to be responsible for their safety and be aware of what the Security Department can do to help them.”
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report can be viewed here: https://brightspotcdn.byu.edu/f1/91/924e51914e4080c734c95c55818e/byu-hawaii-clery-report-2019-9-29-2019-final.pdf