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Clery Act Celebrates Its 20th Year of Saving Zero Lives

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This is the machine that makes crime statistics more than just a number. Now it's a paper.

Confetti stores around the country are preparing themselves for the 20th anniversary of the Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act this November. Known commonly as the Clery Act, this federal law requires colleges to publish their crime statistics each year. In 1990, the Clery family advocated for a practice that would prevent tragic crimes like the one that killed their daughter Jeanne Ann in 1986.

“I love the way the Clery Act actually works,” said the director of public safety at Fleur du Lac College. “The hours I spend compiling the statistics give me an excuse not to do safety workshops. I hate public speaking, and so does my staff. Thank goodness for the Clery Act.”

“We love the stats brochures,” said an admissions counselor. “Since we have to report crimes, not all the internally-reported incidents, the brochure makes us look like we’re a lot safer than we really are. Parents are always impressed by the small number of problems.”

“What’s the Clery Act?” asked a student we interviewed after he let us into a locked residence hall. “We probably don’t need something like that. Everybody in my dorm is so trustworthy, we all leave our doors unlocked.”