The University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) is responsible for policing and investigating crimes that occur on property owned, leased or operated by the University of Minnesota on the Twin Cities Campus. This property primarily consists of academic buildings, administrative buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities, parking facilities and property surrounding the facilities. The University also owns and maintains several roadways that go through campus. Maps of university property on the East and West Banks and the St. Paul Campus can be found by clicking here. University owned facilities are distinguished in the maps by having a dark gray border around them. For detailed information on university owned property visit the website of the Real Estate Office.
The UMPD is not the law enforcement agency responsible for policing the off-campus residences, apartments and business districts around the University in the City of Minneapolis such as Dinkytown and Stadium Village or the Marcy Holmes, Como or Cedar Riverside neighborhoods. Those areas are the responsibility of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). Likewise, off-campus areas surrounding the St. Paul Campus are the responsibility of the St. Anthony and St. Paul Police Departments. However, UMPD has a stake in keeping the greater campus community, where students live, work, and recreate, safe. UMPD officers do spend a significant amount of time assisting our neighboring jurisdictions patrolling and responding to calls for service, particularly the MPD. On average 30% of all 911 incidents are to events off campus where students live, work, or recreate. At present, approximately 6,300 undergraduates of our nearly 52,000 students reside in on campus housing.
The UMPD maintains two sets of required crime statistics. Like all public law enforcement agencies, we maintain statistics for reported crime committed in our jurisdiction, which is property owned, leased, or operated by the University. We report these statistics on an annual basis to the FBI as part of their Uniform Crime Reports. These statistics can be found by clicking here.
Campus law enforcement agencies also collect and annually report additional statistics as required by the Jeanne Clery Act to the U.S. Department of Education. In order to reduce the underreporting which we know is typical of all crime categories we solicit information about unreported crime from a variety of sources. We are required to publish crime statistics in a specific manner. They include certain off campus areas which the UMPD is prohibited from reporting to the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reports. The definitions for the reported crimes and geographical areas included in the Clery Act statistics can be found by clicking here. Statistics and further information regarding our Clery Act information can be found by clicking here. The purpose of the Clery Act is to provide a more comprehensive understanding of public safety in the University community.
- For crime statistics for off-campus neighborhoods in the City of Minneapolis click here.
- For crime statistics for off-campus neighborhoods in the City of St. Paul click here.
In 2012, we continued the long term trend of declining Part I Crime on campus with a 16% decrease. On campus crime, which is predominately property crime, has declined 43% since 2002. Though crime can be cyclical, we believe investments in public safety by the University and partnerships with the campus community and broader communities significantly contribute.
On an even more positive and more important note, on campus serious crime against person declined again in 2012 by 50% as compared to 2011 (5 vs. 10). Our most recent peak year was 33 offenses in 2005, or a 85% decline as compared to 2012.
Serious crime against person remained very low for a community with a peak population of 80,000, at 5 total offenses in 2012, much improved from the recent high of 33 in 2005. In October and November a robbery pattern developed in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood north of campus. UMPD worked closely with Minneapolis police, arrests were made, and the pattern abated. Good overall statistics are gratifying, but are of little consolation when a single serious crime occurs. The University of Minnesota places a high priority on student and campus safety.
We have gradually grown the University Police Department and done a lot with security infrastructure but more important is the cooperation of our students; locking their rooms, not admitting strangers to the residence halls, and calling University Police (911) when observing a suspicious situation.
The long term direction of campus crime has been very positive. The 485 thefts we had on campus in 2012 were a great improvement over 1,457 in 1985. We take none of this for granted and will continue to work as a greater campus community for the safety and security of all.