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State Patty’s 2021 Results In Lowest Crime Figures On Record

It’s been a decade since State Patty’s reached its infamous peak in 2011. As time has gone on, crime over the holiday weekend has generally lowered, and that was certainly no exception this year.

Last weekend’s State Patty’s resulted in the lowest crime totals on record for the weekend in nearly every category, according to data released by the State College Police Department Wednesday.

A total of 102 crimes or ordinance violations were reported by State College and Penn State police over the weekend — 19 below 2019’s State Patty’s, which resulted in the lowest figures on record.

Thirty-six arrests were made by the two precincts between noon Friday and noon Sunday, a 51.3% decrease from 2020’s reported totals. The previous record low was 61 arrests in 2019.

“The State College Police Department appreciates the outstanding cooperation received by both town and gown partners in helping reduce the impact this event has on our community,” the department said in a statement. “The State College Police Department would also like to thank our law enforcement partners to include the Penn State Police, Ferguson Township, Patton Township, The Pennsylvania State Police and Liquor Control Enforcement for their assistance.”

Additionally, police issued four citations for violations of the borough’s coronavirus mitigation ordinance, which enforces mask-wearing and prohibits large gatherings.

Police said all crime statistics outside driving under the influence were the lowest over the past 11 years.

Ever since 2011’s eventful celebration, State Patty’s-related crime has continually trended downward each year until it spiked briefly in 2016. Last weekend’s record low represents both the downward trend and, likely, the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic on student life.

A full breakdown of this year’s crime data, as well as the last 11 years, can be found below.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a senior majoring in journalism and Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at mattdisanto@onwardstate.com if you hate him.

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