Tempe PD: Loud party complaints increase at off-campus apartments

TEMPE, AZ - It's not easy letting a child go off to college, especially if it's a place with a reputation for "party crime."

Loud parties have been a problem surrounding Arizona State University for years.

Tempe police recently released the "Loud Party and Neighborhood Disorder Report" outlining the complaints and the correlated crime.

The 21-page document identifies an area just east of ASU's Tempe campus as the highest concentration for loud party complaints.

The document states many of the issues come from apartments that are home to ASU fraternities.

The report goes on to outline the crime that has been directly associated with the area. The study found nearly one third of all sexual assaults in Tempe over the past three years took place within this loud party corridor.

"My daughter especially had a hard time because of the parties that were going on either in her dorm or in the apartment that she lived in, in off-campus housing," said mom Lynette Stonefeld.

All three of Stonefeld's children graduated from ASU, and she was disappointed to hear about the complaints.

"I don't know that as a parent I was really given much information about where it's safe to live or what the living conditions are," said Stonefeld.

It's the reason why Stonefeld took action, joining the Tempe coalition, a group working to eliminate underage drinking and drug use within the city.

"I would really love for the students coming to ASU to have a wonderful experience and to live to tell about it. You just don't want to be a family member that loses your child," said Stonefeld.

Tempe police are working with a number of organizations to help prevent the crimes associated with these loud parties.

The number of noise complaint calls has remained consistent, averaging about 6,000 per year.

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