Annual Clery report reveals theft increased at SCC, reassures safety

Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road. (File photo)

Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, has mainly been an incident-free campus despite a three-year increase of reported thefts.

Scottsdale Community College, a part of the Maricopa County Community College District, is among local institutions disclosing its 2018 Annual Security Report through Clery, which gives a three-year synopsis of campus reported crimes from sexual assault to alcohol and drugs.

The report provides Scottsdale Community College’s campus crime statistics, security policies and recommends personal safety steps.

According to the published report, the data revealed is intended to increase awareness of existing programs that protect “safety and well-being” on campus, as safety is a major factor in choosing an institution for students and their families embarking on postsecondary education.

The Clery Act, which informs students and their families of complete, accurate and timely information about campus safety, notably requires crime data to be collected, reported and disseminated to campuses.

The data is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as a result of legislation known as the Jeanne Clery, disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act.

While mainly displaying categories with no incidents at SCC, the following crimes from 2015 to 2017 were reported:

  • One fondling incident in 2015;
  • One reported on-campus domestic violence incident in 2016;
  • One report of on campus dating violence in 2017;
  • One campus aggravated assault in 2016 and 2017;
  • Five reports of burglary on campus in 2016 and two times in 2017;
  • One motor vehicle theft in 2015 and two in 2017;
  • Eight reports of larceny/theft happened in 2015, 11 in 2016 and 12 in 2017, with one unfounded incident included;
  • One on-campus weapons possession violation in 2015;
  • Two drug law arrests occurred in 2015 on campus; and about five were reported on public property in 2017, according to the report.

Incidents at Cortesian Apartments, 7749 E. Camelback Road, a complex where several students live rent-free as part of a federal foreign student program were also included in the report.

Noting the apartments not designated as a SCC residential facility, neither owned nor controlled by SCC, the following was reported:

  • One offense of murder/non-negligent manslaughter in 2016 for a non-campus-related incident;
  • One non-campus rape in 2015 and two in 2016;
  • Seven incidents of non-campus domestic violence in 2015 and four in 2016;
  • Two non-campus burglaries in 2016 and one in 2017;
  • Two reported non-campus motor vehicle thefts in 2015 and one in 2016;
  • Four on-campus larceny/theft incidents in 2015; five non-campus incidents in 2015 and 30 in 2016;
  • One non-campus liquor law arrest in 2017;
  • Two reports of non-campus drug law arrests in 2015, one in 2016, and one in 2017.

Assuring students and parents that campus police are available around the clock, anyone can request a campus safety escort at 480-784-0900.

Plus, campus police are accessible from any campus phone by dialing 40900 for a non-emergency or 40911 for an emergency. The report advised if calling from a cell or campus phone, the SCC Police Office, located in the Library Building, is at 480-784-0900 or 480-784-0911 for emergencies.

Other places to report crimes are to the Dean of Students and to the Title IX Coordinator Dr. Donna Young (donna.young@scottsdalecc.edu) in the Administration Building at 480-423-6300.

Calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone on or near the campus may connect to the Salt River or Scottsdale Police Departments so campus callers are advised to inform them they’re at SCC to be patched through to the MCCCD Police Department or Salt River Police Department.

Crime victims and/or witnesses should call the MCCCD Police Department, the report said, adding that reports can also be done in person.

Scottsdale Community College’s 70-page report can be reviewed at scottsdalecc.edu/sites/scc/files/docs/college-police/816-clery-report-20180917.pdf.

Maricopa County Community College Police Department Commander Arlyn Walz encouraged people to review the information and contact MCCCCD for further information.

Or, if people “simply wish to speak with one of our officers,” she invited offering comments, suggestions, compliments and complaints in efforts to improve the quality of services. She can be contacted at Arlyn.walz@scottsdalecc.edu or 480-423-7510.

Northeast Valley Editorial Assistant Delarita Ford can be reached by e-mail at dford@newszap.com.

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