Q. I'm looking for information on crime at UHD.
A good place to start your research is on the library guide for UHD Information found at http://library.uhd.edu/uhdinfo. One of the info boxes has links to information about UHD Crime and Security. Click on the UHD Police & Security Service link. From here there are three links here than can help you find information on your topic: 1) the Annual Security Report; 2) Crime Statistics with information about crimes and arrest by UHD Police Department. The statistics go back three years. To go back further than three years you will need to contact the Police Department; 3) Weekly Crime Report.
You might also want to look at crime stats around UHD – see http://www.houstontx.gov/police/cs/stats2.htm Houston Neighborhood Crime Statistics.
The Faculty Senate has had Chief Richard Boyle and others come and talk about safety and security on campus – the minutes of their October 17, 2006 meeting available from this page: http://www.uhd.edu/facultyandstaff/facultysenate/Senate_Meeting_schedule.htm are very informative. The UHD policy on things related to campus crime is at http://www.uhd.edu/about/hr/PS01D02.pdf.
A federal law called the Clery Act governs how college campuses report crimes. If you want to find out more about it and some other information about campus crime, you could search for “Clery Act” in the periodical database Academic Search Complete, available here: http://www.uhd.edu/library/databases/cj.html.
For information about crime on campuses in Texas, see http://library.uhd.edu/content.php?pid=94963&sid=1104560. Then see the link “Crime in Texas” for annual reports of crime statistics. For university crime data, see the chapter in the report “Crime by Jurisdiction” in each annual report and then look for “Campus Crime”. The reports go back to 1999 and have information about estimated offenses and the percentage cleared.
Another way to get comparative data is by using the second link in the box on the UHD information page, Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool . Here you can enter information such as the name of an institution and retrieve crime statistics for that institution. Try the tool “Get aggregated data for a group of campuses."
A good way to approach the issue is by doing general research on the subject and applying what you learn to UHD. A good place to start research regarding crime is on our Criminal Justice library guide found here: http://library.uhd.edu/cj. Choose a database and search terms like:
campus AND crime
universities AND crime
campus AND victim
For information on the victims of crimes, try starting at the Criminal Justice library guide and choose the tab for Websites and Statistics. From here choose the “Crime & Victims” link from the Sources by Topic box. There are links here to National Crime and Victimization Studies that may of use to you here.
If you have further questions not answered by the sources above, try contacting police chief, Richard Boyle firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also want to contact the head of Facilities Management, Chris McCall, if you’re interested in issues like lighting. His email is email@example.com.