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Crime at a 19-Year Low at Towson University

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TU officers receiving the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award
TU officers receiving the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award

Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Statistics released this week show that crime on Towson University’s campus is at the lowest point in nearly two decades.

Total part I crimes at the university are down more than 14% from 2012 despite increased enrollment. The university had one violent crime and 117 property crimes for a total of 118 part I crimes in 2013. This marks the lowest number of part I crimes on campus since 1995.

Within the University System of Maryland, TU has had the lowest number of part I crimes per capita for the past five consecutive years. USM crime comparisons for 2013 will be available this spring.

UB Ranked Safest College in Maryland

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Think the safest Maryland university is in the county or alongside the shore’s gently lapping waves? Think again. The University of Baltimore (UB) is ranked the safest public college in Maryland as published by StateUniversity.com. In fact, UB has numbers too negligible to report in five out of the nine safety-indicating categories.

The campus safety rankings are based on the severity and the frequency of the crime. The crimes monitored include aggravated assault, rape, robbery (a holdup), burglary (a break-in), and vehicle theft. Fortunately, none of the Maryland universities had any murders to report. The most prevalent crime across all the schools, including UB, is larceny-theft.

While our other downtown school, the University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMB), is ranked a lowly seventh out of 12, its position is an improvement from ninth place in 2010. Unlike UB that has no statistical number of aggravated assaults, UMB has the fourth-highest ranking within that category. The college with the highest number of aggravated assaults and the one that ranks as the most dangerous campus (for the second consecutive year) is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The most shocking statistic is that Bowie State University has had a few incidents related to arson.

I’m always skeptical of statistics because crimes can go unreported, or charges can be dropped. But I’m optimistic that of the crimes reported most frequently, they are the less severe that usually don’t involve the use of force, like stealing.

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