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Burglary crimes on the rise at UH, while car thefts are down

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MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A big jump in burglaries and assaults stand out in the latest crime report from University of Hawaii, Manoa. The head of security says better reporting and more cameras could put the campus on the right track to help lower these numbers.

UH plans to add security cameras on top of 90 emergency call boxes around the Manoa campus in coming years.  This year, they will start off with ten of the 78 emergency call boxes to have cameras installed that are already present on campus.

The new crime numbers in the latest report, suggest there will be plenty to catch.

Since 2009 there's been a steady increase in sex offenses, burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, as well as, drug and alcohol related violations.

The school says in 2011 there were 12 forcible sex offenses on campus in student housing while there was only one reported in 2009.  There was also 16 aggravated assaults, which is up from 4 in 2009.  There was a drastic jump in burglaries with 64 compared to 48 the year before.

"My bike actually got stolen, two weeks after I bought it," said Xenia Suworowa, UH sophomore.

"I've gotten about three things stolen, my Ipod, my skateboard, and my calculator," said Blakelyn Birks, UH junior. 

"I reported it, but even the police said there was a low chance of getting it back," said Suworowa.

There's also been a staggering rise in drug and liquor violations, but that's tied to a change in the way the school records those incidents. Instead of counting a drinking party as one violation, the university now counts every person caught at the party.

"It could be a party of 30 people and then in that case that number would be 30 instead of just one," said Wayne Ogino, UH Chief Campus Security.

Ogino says not all crimes have gone up. In fact, arson, vehicle thefts, and weapon possessions have all dropped.

UH security is using this report to direct them where to patrol.

"It identifies area of concern, so if we notice a lot of activity or an increase in activity, we put more security patrols on it," Ogino said.

Students say despite the crime trends, the sense of community at this open campus gives them peace of mind.

"I feel very safe here. Hawaii is just like a little community, it is family to me; so I don't feel as worried walking around,"  said Alayna Mcbride, UH senior.

"Security really is everyone's business," Ogino said. "We need people to be alert and report things right away."

And for some students, they think putting a lock on valuables will help prevent some of these thefts or access to items.

"I keep myself secure, by putting my locks on my laptop and phone," said Birks.

Ogino says that knowing UH Manoa is an open campus, students need to be aware that crime is just part of life at the university and all universities and that is why it is important to take action and report them accordingly.

Here is the full report:

<http://www.hawaii.edu/security/annual_report12.pdf>

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