Report Shows Crimes Mostly Down At NIU

Oct 1, 2018

Credit NIU Department of Police and Public Safety

There were fewer rapes reported at Northern Illinois University in 2017 compared to previous years. Drug arrests took a steep drop as well. That's according to Northern Illinois University's latest Annual Safety and Security Report.

The NIU report shows a total of 10 reported rapes in 2017: six on its DeKalb campus, three at related off-campus sites, and one on public property in or adjacent to the campus. That's down from seven on-campus and nine off-campus in 2016; and 10 and four, respectively, in 2015.

There were no reports of domestic violence in 2017, down from three each of the previous years. Stalking reports were down, too, at three total in 2017 versus nine the year before and eight in 2015. But reports of dating violence held steady, at 32 total in 2017, compared to 31 in 2016 and 26 in 2015.

Drug and alcohol-related arrests dropped from the previous two years.

According to NIU's latest Safety & Security Report, there were 12 total drug arrests made in 2017 on or around NIU property, including three on-campus. That's down from 51 arrests, with 14 on-campus, in 2016 and 72, with 47 on-campus, in 2015. 

Alcohol-related arrests were also down somewhat in 2017 at 19 total, from 26 in 2016, and 22 in 2015.

There was one judicial referral for an illegal weapons law violation in 2017, compared to four in 2016 and 10 the year before that. 

Aggravated assaults continued a decline, with 13 in 2015, 11 in 2016 and eight reported in 2017. 

Reports of burglary held steady from past years at 17, with most occurring on campus.

Colleges and universities are required to file a detailed report each year of the crimes, arrests, and judicial referrals reported in and around their campuses under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("Clery Act"), the State of Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 

NIU's includes reports from 2015 thru 2017 for its main campus in DeKalb and its four satellite campuses. None of NIU's satellite campuses reported any crimes in that period.