STORY BY BELLA GARCIA, MANAGING EDITOR
PHOTO FROM CYPRESS COLLEGE OFFICE OF CAMPUS SAFETY
Motor vehicle thefts on Cypress College campus quadrupled in 2022, according to the 2023 Annual Crime and Safety Report released by the Office of Campus Safety on Thursday, Sept. 28.
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, students and faculty were sent the report that disclosed campus crime statistics and security policies.
Following their daughter’s murder at Lehigh University in 1986, Howard and Connie Clery pioneered the legislation of the Campus Security Act originally enacted in 1990. The Act was renamed The Clery Act in memory of Jeanne Clery in 1986 and requires colleges and universities to issue the annual report, consisting of three years of campus crime statistics, by Oct. 1 of each year.
According to the report released Thursday, there was a fourfold increase in motor vehicle thefts on campus in 2022 reaching 25 thefts. There were six thefts in 2021 and two in 2020.
The report released by Cypress College’s sister schools, Fullerton College and North Orange Continuing Education, showed significantly smaller numbers from the previous three years. In 2020 and 2022, there were zero motor vehicle thefts and just one in 2021 on Fullerton’s campus– a larger school in population. NOCE saw one in 2020, one in 2021, and zero in 2022.