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Whit’s End: Warning Daughter About Urban Campus Safety

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Hi, Whit:

The relatively recent attacks or assaults against students that have been reported in the city and the surrounding area have me really nervous about my daughter who is considering going to a college in an urban setting. As responsible, but not helicopter parents, my wife and I want to help her avoid being the victim of a crime. Is there anything we can do short of telling her that she needs to go to a college in a safer, non-urban environment?

Worried Parents

Dear Worried: First, you can tell her not getting “trashed” is the best way to avoid crime in any setting, urban or non-urban, college or not. To be safe in any environment, every person needs to be cautious and alert to keep from being vulnerable to an attack. To women in particular my advice is not to ingest any substance that lowers inhibition or awareness because predators lurking in the shadows are unfortunately not just in fairy tales and not necessarily in the dark.

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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