Campus Police Say Few Crimes Committed This Past Halloween

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With rain pouring on Friday night and many students leaving town for other campuses, crime on Halloween stayed low this year, campus police said.

Police deployed extra officers this year and redirected existing patrol staff to ensure residents' safety on a night expected by some to be rambunctious.

"It seems a little bit light this year compared to some in the past," said UCPD Assistant Chief Mitch Celaya, adding that many fraternities and sororities chartered buses to other campuses, which likely contributed to the lack of reported incidents here.

Still, some students said Halloween night was not completely short of crimes.

UC Berkeley junior Lance Patel said an uninvited guest stole his iPod Touch at a house party Patel was co-hosting. He said the guest then tried to sell it on Telegraph Avenue before Patel's friends chased him and retrieved the property.

Although campus police did not catch the thief, Patel said he did not blame a lack of police activity for the petty theft that occurred on Friday night.

"Regardless of what people do, stuff gets stolen on Halloween," he said. "But if you could do something to avoid that, I'd say just to be more vigilant."

Senior Kyle Drechsler, president of Tau Kappa Epsilon, acknowledged that since there was a chance for theft at the fraternity's Halloween party, security at the house was strict.

"We had security at our party, so things were run very safely," Drechsler said.

During another Halloween party, sophomore Eric Choi said many personal belongings went missing at an apartment party he held, including an iPod.

Berkeley Police Department did not give an exact figure as to how many robberies were reported this Halloween, but last year there were only two.

Celaya said many petty thefts often go unreported, but added that officers were assigned to locations with the most foot traffic in order to best protect students from crime.

"We tried to pick locations and areas where there were more people hanging out, locations where we had problems before," he said.


Contact Deepti Arora at [email protected]

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