Despite a gradual decrease in the number of reported thefts, bicycle thefts remain the most common crime on campus, according to the 2012 Stanford University Safety, Security and Fire Report.
Last weekend, we were shocked and disturbed to learn that shots had been fired here on the Farm. As we all struggle to understand what happened, we must re-examine the safety of our campus and to hold any negligent students, administrators, or security personnel accountable. While this incident raises serious concerns about current safety measures, we must also seize this rare opportunity to explore our own attitudes about issues of race and class.
Saturday’s forcible sexual assault in Escondido Village has refocused campus attention to a growing pattern of criminal events involving peepers, prowlers and other intruders. While these incidents highlight the need for students to redouble their efforts to secure doors and windows, this Board also believes that improving campus safety may also merit further review of existing Residential housing policies. Specifically, the administration should consider a policy under which any Stanford undergraduate can access any other undergraduate dorm as a counterintuitive but effective means of promoting residential safety and solving several minor nuisances.
In light of a recent assault and a “hot prowl,” I would like to express my sincere concern about current campus safety. As a sophomore female, I have not (until recently) felt threatened to leave my dorm room at night or to walk alone…