By Qaadir Wicks
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD ˗ Although the security office reports the crime rate on the Camden County College Blackwood campus has been very low the last three years, the recent theft of a car from a campus parking lot has increased the vigilance of some students and officers when they’re on campus.
A blue 2000 Honda Civic was stolen while parked between the Lincoln and Truman buildings in lot 11 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, the security office reports. The student, 23, was fully cooperative with the Public Safety Department but officials have yet to find any traces of the thief.
“The last vehicle was stolen 4-5 years ago and because our students have always been cooperative with us, the crime rate has been very low on campus grounds,” said Assistant Public Safety Director John P. Schuck.
Not only has the crime rate been low on the campus, but it has also been low in Gloucester Township, the municipality in which the campus sits, according to the township’s crime report. The statistics show an overall downward trend in crime based on data from 14 years with property crime decreasing. The report also states based on the trend, the crime rate in Gloucester Township for 2015 is expected to be lower than 2012.
The report doesn’t reassure everyone, however.
CCC students have noticed more patrols in the campus buildings and parking lots in the mornings and evenings.
“The tighter security arose when a threat was reportedly posted on 4chang.org ˗ the same site the shooter in the Oregon killing may have used,” said Renee Pollard, assistant to the assistant dean for student development and support, referring to a threat made in early October that violence would occur on a Philadelphia-area campus shortly after a mass shooting happened at an Oregon community college.