North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 8, Ed. 1 Friday, January 24, 2003 Page: 3 of 6
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North Texas Daily
January 24, 2003 Page 3
Arrests increase gradually
Police say crime increases
with population growth
The NT Police Department said
Wednesday that while campus crime statis-
tics for the 2000 and 2001 calendar years
indicate that the number of reported burgla-
ries at NT increased, the count remains par-
allel to the growth of the student body and
does not represent a heightened threat.
According to reports released by the NT
Police Department, burglaries jumped from
68 in 2000 to 86 in 2001. Eleven of the inci-
dents in 2001 occurred in dorms.
Dr. Tory Caeti of the criminal justice fac-
ulty said the jump in student enrollment
(27,054 in 2000 to 27,858 in 2001) is the most
obvious sign of the proportional increase.
"As the population increases, certain
crimes will increase as well," NT Deputy
Chief Ed Reynolds said.
Caeti said university crime rates usually
mirror those of the surrounding community.
The Denton Police Department reported
that burglaries rose from 1. 614 per 1,000 in
2000 to 1.94 per 1,000 in 2002.
In terms of prevention, Caeti said that
criminal justice research suggests a system of
"target hardening" as the most efficient
means of thwarting crime.
The system involves employing such
measures as securing personal items and
"Most of the [precautions] offered in the
research are common sense," Caeti said.
Reynolds said the department instructs
dorm directors on safety measures every
"[Dorm staff members] are very much
aware of what's going on," he said.
A total of 708 arrests were made in 2001,
rising from 509 the previous year. The largest
amount of arrests, 237, came from intoxica-
tion crimes. The total number of arrests
includes one count of possession of child
The NT Police Department reported a
total of 1,511 offenses for 2001, up from 1,
213 reported in 2000. Crimes against proper-
ty led the count with 434 reported incidents.
The campus also posted a total of 1,702
citations-1,602 were traffic violations.
The department reported 1,455 citations
Arrests for drug-related violations also rose
with 56 reported in 2001 compared to 27 in
Among violent crimes committed in 2001,
four forcible rape incidents were reported,
down from five reported in 2000.
Three aggravated assaults were reported
in 2001, down from four the previous year.
"Spring is generally a quiet semester for
us," Reynolds said. "Fall is usually more hec-
tic because of the number of new students
who are unfamiliar with the campus."
Reynolds said most offenses reported
• 2000 vs. 2001
Total Enrollment 27,054
Total Offenses 1,213
Drug Related Arrests 27
•According to reports released by the NT Police Department.
MICHAEL HASSETT / NT Daily
were in relation to small-time theft of per-
sonal items. Caeti said money, computers
and even textbooks are prime targets.
According to the ABP News College
Community Crime check, the campus has a
risk factor rating of seven as of September-
the lowest of Texas's five largest universities
Campus crime rates for 2002 are still in
preparation and are scheduled to be released
In Denton, city police reported the crime
rate at an increase by less than a percentage
point from 11. 7718 total offenses reported
per 1,000 persons in 2000 to 12.68 in 2002.
Crime rates released by the city included
only index crimes, or offenses deemed the
most serious of crimes committed against
persons or property.
The rate of forcible rapes in Denton
decreased from 1.11 per thousand residents
in 2000 to .71 in 2002.
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portionality, if the gender in
question does not show
enough interest in demand-
ing equal facilities, the uni-
versity could be considered
The last way states that if
an institution is progres-
sively expanding inade-
quate facilities, it complies
with the law.
"I'm not sure if we meet
the proportionality test,"
said Dr. Richard Rafes, sen-
ior vice president of admin-
istrative affairs. "We may
now meet the second and
Rafes said that NT plans
to build a women's softball
stadium and other female
facilities to bring the uni-
versity up to compliance.
NT will build the facili-
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tioned were access to the Eagle
Point Golf Club, the condition of
Interstate Highway 35 in
Denton County, and money for a
rail system to connect the city
with Metroplex development.
Burgess added that his was
purely a "preliminary" visit and
would not give details as to the
potential amount of money or
work plans for the areas.
Dr. Norval Pohl, NT presi-
dent, said that although federal
funding would provide no finan-
cial relief for students, they
would have an "indirect benefit"
from decreased highway driving
time to campus.
ties needed on land pur-
chased from the Liberty
School, at 1500 S. Bonnie
Brae, once the school relo-
cates, Rafes said.
Money for these projects
will probably come from the
increased Student Service
Fees for athletics, he said.
Villareal said NT plans to
hire a female track coach
and female swimming and
diving instructors because
Title IX also requires
equality within the teaching
Just one student com-
plaint to the Office for Civil
Rights could cause prob-
lems for NT, Cox said.
Flowever, the role of the
office is to ensure that insti-
tutions take steps to meet
legal requirements before
proceeding with punitive
efforts, he said.
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state about NT's budget.
"All Texas universities are
expecting word from state lead-
ers any day about cuts that are
needed to balance the current
state budget by August 31,"
Jackson said. "The comptroller
has announced that the state of
Texas will be short about $1.7
billion this year, so all state agen-
cies are going to be asked to
postpone non-critical expendi-
tures and look for other savings."
A hiring freeze has not been
required to help the state finan-
cially, but the option has not
been completely ruled out.
"There won't be a state-
ordered hiring freeze but it will
be looked at very seriously by
NT and every other university
because a selective freeze on hir-
ing may be less damaging to aca-
demic programs than other types
of cuts," Jackson said.
Today, a meeting will be held
among administrative official to
discuss their options based on
the guidelines from the state.
Then, Jackson will issue budget
guidelines about the priorities
and principles they hope to fol-
low in developing savings.
"We are concerned because
our spring semester is already
under way and decisions about
summer school are coming up
very soon," he said.
There are currently 50
requests for faculty openings,
but that changes on a daily basis,
said Administrative Services
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fee, an $85 "dolly" fee and the
state-regulated, $15-a-day stor-
age fee. The total was original-
ly written as $325, then crossed
out and changed to $285.
In contrast, Sgt. Tim
Atcheson, who heads the
Denton Police Department's
rotating wrecker list, said that
the city's impound fee is $65,
the dolly fee is $25 and the
pick-up fee is $50.
"What bothers me, also, is
the arbitrary nature of [Al's]
fees," McCauley said. "It
doesn't seem reasonable to
charge all of these extra fees at
such an unreasonable rate."
Gene Dickerson, owner of
Al Recovery, said his rates are
above average because his
overhead expenses are high.
Fie said that his location,
1207 Knight St., along the
highway has a high rent, and
added that his contracted driv-
ers were assaulted, so they
began charging $100 for hazard
Mike I Iusbands;, a former
wrecker with B & O Fina &
Towing, said, "Two hundred
and eighty-five dollars is way
more than most people charge
As for the individual fees,
Dickerson said, the $95 unlock
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fee is for jimmying open the
door to release the emergency
brake or gearshift so that the
car can roll.
Flowever, Flusbands said
that standard towing practice
in that situation is to suspend
all four wheels of the car while
Flusbands and other Denton
wreckers questioned the legal-
ity of unlocking a car, adding
that it is not their policy.
Dickerson said that unlock-
ing cars is easier and quicker
than picking up all four wheels.
"If it was illegal, we would-
n't do it," he said.
Athceson said he is not sure
if unlocking a car in order to
tow it is legal.
When asked why one bill
had an unlock, pick-up and
dolly fee, Dickerson said that
his employees have routinely
written bills incorrectly.
For instance, Dickerson
said that he charges no
impound fee, but two of the
three Al bills, which
McCauley gave the NT Daily
with permission from the com-
plainants, had clearly written
$90 and $95 impound fees on
Fie said he began to rectify
the bill-writing problem a
week ago when he started
working at this location for the
first time since its October
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