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Comparing Campus and City Crime Rates: A Descriptive Study

NCJ Number
American Journal of Police Volume: 14 Issue: 1 Dated: (1995) Pages: 131-148
M L Bromley
Date Published
18 pages
Campus crime was compared with crime in the local communities surrounding university campuses using data from the 2 largest 4-year colleges or universities that reported their index crimes to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report in 1991 and 1992.
For each campus and city, the overall number of index crimes, the number of violent crimes and the number of property crimes were tabulated. Student population and city population figures were also compiled to develop overall, violent, and property crime rates per 1,000 students or residents for each campus and city. Results revealed that property crimes vastly outnumber violent crimes on college campuses and that campuses have consistently lower crime rates than the cities in which they are located. Campus police executives and administrators can use these findings to describe more adequately the level of safety on their campuses relative to their home cities. Police administrators can also use the data to determine whether to allocate scarce campus police resources to crime prevention or neighborhood watch programs. Data providing accurate descriptions of campus crime are also important to aid city police administrators in their planning efforts. Tables, notes, list of cases, and 29 references