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An overall decline in criminal incidents on the MIT campus during 1992 unfortunately contrasts with several serious crimes on the perimeter of the campus late last year, including the killing of an undergraduate on Memorial Drive, Police Chief Anne P. Glavin says.
As part of the ongoing review of campus safety and security issues ordered by President Charles M. Vest in the wake of the killing last September, MIT has increased the number of emergency phones on campus, is working with the Metropolitan District Commission to improve pedestrian lighting along Memorial Drive, and has purchased two more SafeRide vans.
Chief Glavin said that students in 1.102, a laboratory subject in transportation issues, working with the Graduate Student Council, have worked out a new time schedule for the SafeRide vans.
"We are experimenting with the new schedule," she said, "and any problems will be worked out by an ad hoc group looking at long-term issues involving SafeRide."
Chief Glavin said the annual Campus Police report, which will be available soon, lists 23 serious crimes on campus last year, down from 28 in the previous year.
Residence hall thefts were up 12 percent (105 vs 94 in 1991), but theft of Institute property (down 16 percent) and personal property (down 29 percent) decreased, Chief Glavin said.
Thefts of motor vehicles and bicycles also declined in 1992, but there was an increase in breaks into vehicles.
A version of this article appeared in the April 14, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 29).