WKU police department releases annual safety report

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The front office of the WKU Police Department on Aug. 26, 2019. The WKU Police Department has begun a complete transformation for the start of the fall 2019 semester. The renovations are meant to improve morale within the department, starting with cosmetic improvements.

Henri Aboah, News reporter

The WKU Police Department released the annual Campus Security Report and Fire for the 2020 school year on Thursday, Sept. 30.

The report outlined crime rate comparisons, safety procedures, WKU policies and fire alarms in residence halls and education buildings. 

There were 13 alarms reported in educational buildings and 16 in residence halls. These statistics have decreased from last year’s report. 

The report included an emergency procedures guide which explained what to do in case of a fire. It also detailed ways to stay safe on campus by highlighting the escort service, self-defense programs and the SAFE Zone Project.  

The WKU Alert is a communication tool that sends out messages to students in case of a threat or emergency. The report said students can sign up to receive messages through TopNet.

This year, the crime activity data has been sorted into charts to better indicate and visualize the data.

Four on-campus rapes were reported, an increase from last year.

Burglary rates overall decreased, but there was one incident of motor vehicle theft and robbery. 

Disciplinary actions related to liquor law violations increased from 130 to 154. Arrests and citations related to liquor law violations decreased from 22 to 13.

There were two hate crimes reported on campus in 2020.

There was an increase of crimes at the Bowling Green South Campus and The Center and Lost River Cave Campus whereas last year there were zero reported. 

No crimes were reported at the L.D. Brown Agriculture Exposition Center, Glasgow Campus, Owensboro Campus, Fort Knox and Elizabethtown Campus.

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