SMU reported more aggravated assaults in 2015 than TCU, UT-Arlington, and the University of North Texas combined, according to statistics released Oct. 1. Campus police reported two on-campus incidents last year, while Dallas police reported six others near campus, bringing the total number to eight.
SMU only reported three aggravated assaults in both 2014 and 2013.
The six assaults reported by Dallas police occurred between 5200 and 5600 block of SMU Boulevard near SMU’s east campus, which is across Central Expressway from the main campus. None of the assaults involved students.
“The increase from no cases in that area to six cases is statistically significant, but overall numbers remain low,” SMU Police Chief Richard Shafer said. “We know that the number of incidents reported in different crime categories varies from year to year on campus and in other police jurisdictions, but we typically don’t have evidence that tells us why.”