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LAST UPDATED: November 14, 2019

THE CRIME MAP

Mapping crimes on OU’s campus and in Athens

By Ellen Wagner | Editor-In-Chief

From Aug. 23 to Nov. 12, the Ohio University Police Department and the Athens Police Department had 404 reports, according to reports and crime logs.

Of all of the reports, 62 were service calls to OUPD, which can be requests for medical service by Athens County EMS or a well-being check on a person. In most of the reports on the OUPD log, the person was determined to be OK or refused medical treatment.

“We respond to every EMS on campus that we can,” OUPD Lt. Tim Ryan said. “We don't make it to all of them, but we do respond to most of them.”

Most of the time, EMS calls can be that someone else may see a problem and calls for assistance. When EMS arrives, the person says they didn’t need someone to call, Ryan said.

OUPD responded to 62 service calls, including well-being checks and requests for ACEMS services. There were also 19 reports of an emotionally-disturbed person that OUPD and APD had responded to.

OUPD also logged 41 reports of operations, including EDC deployment and canine deployment.

OUPD issued 31 traffic citations and took 11 crash reports.

There were also 36 reports for alcohol-related incidents to OUPD and APD, including four reports of underage consumption of alcohol.

APD and OUPD received 58 reports of theft. There were also 22 reports of destruction of property to OUPD.

APD and OUPD took 10 reports of assault. There were also 12 reports of sex offenses, including sexual battery and rape.

Pyle said APD does not send out every report. The department sends reports as they come in and get approved.

“There are certainly times where reports fall through the cracks for a variety of reasons, like they're not finished with it, and they come back from days off, and nobody thinks to send it out as a ... report,” Pyle said.

Some reports on the OUPD log and APD log do not include specific locations. Some are labeled as off-campus miscellaneous, a street or without a location listed.

A map of APD and OUPD's crime log
Click a point on the map to see the details of each crime reported from Aug. 23 to Nov. 12. Updates will occur throughout the semester to reflect the most recent crimes reported.
Taylor Johnston | DIGITAL MANAGING EDITOR
SOURCE: OUPD and APD Crime reports
NOTE: 86 of the 404 crimes did not include specific locations reported by APD and OUPD. Seven of those locations were labeled as “off-campus miscellaneous” and five locations included sexual assaults.

Ryan said off-campus miscellaneous locations are usually not in OUPD’s jurisdiction or not in a specific location that can be labeled.

Street names are usually listed for traffic stops since it’s not at a specific location and do not want to report it to the wrong location. Locations are not be listed for sex offenses, including reports of rape and sexual battery.

“We don't want to attribute it to an address because it didn't happen at the address,” Pyle said.

Pyle said he believes APD and OUPD are on par with calls for service compared to previous years.

“We might have more crime reports than (OUPD), but they may have more service requests than we do,” Pyle said.

There were fewer arrests on Halloween weekend compared to last year.

There were 18 arrests and service calls during the Athens Halloween Block Party on Oct. 26. In 2018, there were 21 people arrested by APD and OUPD, according to a previous Post report.

There were not many problems on Halloween since there wasn’t much of a crowd, Ryan said.

“It was (the) lamest Halloween as long as I've ever been here,” Ryan said. “It didn't feel like much.”

Nobody could move down the streets since the crowd was packed shoulder-to-shoulder when Ryan was a student at OU between 1999 and 2003. Ryan said each year, it seems like the crowd keeps getting smaller.

For this year’s block party, the city wanted the events to be more family-friendly and not just for college students. The block party was shut down at 11:25 p.m.

APD Chief Tom Pyle said his department still plans on a large crowd by bringing in outside agencies for the event, according to a previous Post report. He also noticed the decrease in attendance over the past couple of years and said he would eventually like to not have to bring in other agencies.

Previous reports

The population of Athens increases when students arrive for the start of the school year. The same happens to the rate of crime.

The Ohio University Police Department and the Athens Police Department took 49 reports of crime from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2.

Both departments, however, expect crime reports to increase when students arrive back on campus.

APD Chief Tom Pyle said most crimes occur where there are high populations of people.

“The crime rates, when you look at them, are city signatures,” Pyle said.

In APD’s jurisdiction, popular areas for crimes include Walmart, which is located at 929 E. State St., and the downtown area where students live, including Court Street, Mill Street and High Street.

Walmart is a huge signature due to the number of thefts and amount of shoplifting that are reported. The east, west and south sides of Athens have their own pockets of crime, Pyle said.

OUPD Lt. Tim Ryan said his department notices trends in locations on campus by the types of crime that occur.

“Areas with high concentration are where most things happen,” Ryan said.

This can include areas like residence halls or Alden Library, where students leave out their devices, such as laptops and cell phones, which can be stolen.

This year’s Welcome Weekend saw no impact on the number of reports in comparison to previous years, and both departments were prepared for the students’ return to Athens.

Nothing out of the ordinary happened during Welcome Weekend this year. APD had similar arrest numbers as a normal weekend during the school year, Pyle said.

“Comparing it to the past couple of years, it was quiet,” Pyle said.

The overall report numbers from OUPD were the same as last year’s Welcome Weekend. Reports only increased from the summer since the majority of the population returned to the city, Ryan said.

Some of the most frequent crimes that occurred during the 10 days were alcohol-related, thefts and sexual assault reports.

There were seven alcohol offenses that happened during Welcome Weekend. Reports included underage consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct by intoxication and open container.

OUPD took six of the reports. Most of the reports took place in or near residence halls as well as downtown locations.

Most of the students who get caught for alcohol are underclassmen since they are more likely to get caught, Ryan said.

There were also eight reported thefts to OUPD and APD. Four of the reports came from residence halls while others were from the downtown area and Walmart.

During the 10 days, OUPD and APD had four reports of sex offsenses.

On Aug. 29, OUPD took two sex offense reports. One report was of citations issued to a man for public indecency and underage consumption of alcohol. The other report was for a man who was charged with sexual imposition.

On Aug. 31, APD took a report of sexual battery by a woman on the city’s west end by an unknown subject. APD also took a report of rape on Sept. 1 from a woman on the south side of the city by a known subject. Both matters are currently under investigation.

AUTHOR: Ellen Wagner
EDITOR: Ian McKenzie
COPY EDITOR: Bre Offenberger
ILLUSTRATION: Riley Scott
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