Recent crime statistics show Towson University is the safest campus

Recent crime statistics show Towson University is the safest campus; photo courtesy of Towson University

TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) -- Recent Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics show that for eight of the last nine years, Towson University has had the fewest crimes per capita of all public campuses in Maryland, making it the safest campus in the University System of Maryland.

"This accolade belongs to every member of the campus community who practices good crime prevention methods, and to our Towson University Police Department officers who work diligently to prevent, investigate and solve crimes," said TU Chief of Police Bernie Gerst.

UCR reports the total number of part I crimes per 1,000 students.

There were 3.49 crimes per 1,000 students at Towson University, compared with 5.79 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and 9.19 at the University of Maryland College Park.

Comparatively, the Greater Baltimore area has 33 crimes per 1,000 residents.

Part I crimes are more serious criminal offenses that universities are required to track and report. They range from property crimes such as theft to violent crimes including robbery and assault.

In 2016, two violent crimes and 76 property crimes occurred on Towson University's campus for a total of 78 part I crimes, a 37 percent reduction from 2015 and the lowest number of overall crimes since before 1995.

The full UCR report is released each October and available on the Towson University Police Department's Crime Reports website.

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