November saw an increase in the number of thefts and alcohol-related incidents reported by the Department of Public Safety as well as a moderate uptick in crime overall.
Overall, the number of reported incidents increased 22 percent from 45 to 55.
Thefts jumped 35 percent from 17 in October to 23 this month, reaching a high for this academic year. Theft remained the most commonly reported crime, accounting for 42 percent of incidents.
However, this number remains lower than the 28 thefts reported last November, when 17 laptops were reported stolen during a rash of thefts.
Of the 23 thefts reported, all but five are still under investigation. One other case also remains open, involving padlocks that were cut from the posts at the main gates.
Alcohol incidents rose this month, too, with DPS reporting 10 alcohol-related offenses. After thefts, alcohol offenses represent the second-largest portion of cases. All of the cases reported this month were referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action.
The number of DPS citations for alcohol has increased steadily throughout the academic year, with one in September and six in October.
Seven of the 30 other incidents reported were either handed over to the Metropolitan Police Department or were directly handled by DPS officers, while 22 were referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
The remaining five cases, including two thefts and three incidents of defacing property, have been closed with no leads.