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Students at Indiana State University tell us today that they believe campus is a safe place, especially with efforts from public safety.

The university recently released their 2016 campus crime statistics and are proud of the results.

Despite the violence in recent shooting and party arrests we’ve seen off campus this school year, they don’t factor into the safety component for students on campus.

After talking to a couple of students today, Indiana State’s public safety priorities seem to be in place.

“I always feel really safe. I walk home late at night from the library all the time,” sophomore Caitlyn Miller said.

Caitlyn Miller lives on campus in a fairly central location at Sandison Hall. That’s close to where she parks her car and a brief walk from the library.

She says even during her freshman year when her dorm room was a bit farther away, she still felt safe on campus and credits some of that feeling to public safety efforts.
    
In the 2016 year, cases of liquor law violations went down by 50 % compared to 2015. Motor vehicle thefts were down by two cases. And rape and fondling cases were also down by two.

Lt. Tamara Mccollough with campus Clery compliance says they’re happy with the 2016 numbers because there were only a few slight spikes.
    
“We attribute that to our programming and education and our increased patrol activities that we’ve been doing lately,” Lt. Mccollough said.

Campus police recently paired up with Terre Haute police to patrol off campus parties that have recently gotten out of hand this school year and even two shootings have taken place near campus property.

“We’re trying to go in and stop them from occurring,” Lt. Mccollough said.

Even with the disruptions happening off campus, both Caitlyn Miller and fellow sophomore Touchez Wells still feel safe.

“Their safety policies are pretty uptight,” Wells said.

“Nothing typically happens on campus, it’s typically off campus, so I’m safe within my range.”

And both girls have similar safety procedures if they do feel unsafe.

“If I ever do feel like that I look behind me, just to make sure nobody’s behind me and I talk to somebody on the phone just so they know where I’m at,” Wells said.

There were a few spikes in crimes from the 2015 year to 2016. Some of those were on campus dating violence are up to 14 incidents, four more than the previous year.

There were nine cases of aggravated assault and 15 burglary cases, up two and seven from 2015.

For a full list of the 2016 stats, visit http://www2.indstate.edu/pubsafety/#cleryact

A recent crime that campus police are asking for your help in identifying a suspect in a series of bike thefts.

Since the beginning of fall semester, officials have been trying to find out who has been stealing bicycles. A number of arrests have already been made, but police need help identifying one suspect.

The person is described as being approximately 5-10 to 6 feet tall with a thin build. More than 25 bikes have been stolen from racks. Some of the bikes were locked, but others had their locked cut off. Contact the Indiana State University Police at 812-237-5555 and speak with Cpl. Dan Parmer.

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