December 2, 2020

Safety at Northampton Community College

Editor’s note: This article contains an annual crime report and mention of violent crimes.

To comply with the Clery Act, Northampton Community College has released its Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report for 2019. The Clery Act was enacted in 1990 in response to the sexual assault and murder of 19-year-old Jeanne Clery in her dorm at Lehigh University in 1986.

Colleges and universities are required to report annually, by October, crimes that occurred in and around campus. NCC tries to get it done before the Fall, said Patricia Sterner, Safety Administrative Assistant at NCC, reporting to Keith Morris, the Chief Security Officer since March 2019.

The 30-page report summarizes data from the Bethlehem campus, Fowler campus, Monroe campus and Easton site. It’s a useful reference for current and prospective students — and their parents, upon whom tuition and other bills often fall.

Northampton Community College’s Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report, 2019: a summary.1 Note: Numbers in parentheses refer to data normalization, i.e., obtained first dividing the Jurisdiction Population (number of students plus employees) by 100,000 and then dividing the number of each specific offense by that ratio.

Offense Type Year
2019 2018 2017
Aggravated assault 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (11.8)
Robbery 1 (12.1) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Sex offenses: Non forcible 3 (36.3) 1 (12.1) 0 (0)
Sex offenses: forcible 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (11.8)
Larceny / Theft (PA required) 32 (386.9) 31 (376.2) 32 (377.8)
Disorderly conduct 5 (60.5) 3 (36.4) 16 (188.9)
Simple Assault 1 (12.1) 1 (12.1) 6 (70.8)
Vandalism (PA required) 3 (36.3) 2 (24.3) 8 (94.4)
Liquor law violations 11 (133.0) 39 (473.4) 17 (200.7)
Drug violations 42 (507.8) 45 (546.2) 77 (909.0)
Weapons violations 0 (0) 1 (12.1) 3 (35.4)
All other offenses2 10 (120.9) 4 (48.6) 13 (153.5)
Violence against women Act (VAWA)
Domestic violence 3 (36.3) 3 (36.4) 2 (23.6)
Dating violence 0 (0) 2 (24.3) 23.6 (2)
Stalking 0 (0) 1 (12.1) 1 (11.8)

1No cases of fire, arson, burglary, murder / non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, motor vehicle theft, hate crimes have been reported in 2017, 2018, 2019.

2Harassment, harassment by communication, threats, unlawful restraints, loitering, prowling and trespassing.

Editor’s note: Please visit Reporting Concerns & Complaints for safety resources and appropriate contact information.

Jesus Zaldivar

Jesus Zaldivar, associate-editor of The Commuter, is a freshman at NCC. Previously, he conducted biomedical / environmental research in South America, Europe and six states in the U.S. (Contact: jzaldivar@spartan.northampton.edu)

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