Towson University has lowest crime rate in USM

By Pam Gorsuch

TU has the lowest number of part one crimes per capita in the University System of Maryland, marking the second consecutive year that the campus can boast this honor.

The 2010 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics were released this week after being compiled by the Maryland State Police Criminal Justice Information System. The data shows that Towson University had a total of 163 part one crimes in 2010, or approximately 7.46 crimes per 1,000 students on Towson’s campus. Other USM campuses reported crime rates ranging from approximately 8 crimes per 1,000 students to nearly 30 crimes per 1,000 students. Part I crimes include violent crimes such as robbery and aggravated assault, and property crimes such as burglary and vehicle theft.

Despite the low crime numbers, Chief of Police Bernie Gerst says that it’s still critical for students, faculty and staff to be vigilant in protecting their personal safety.

“We take crime very seriously on Towson’s campus, and when numbers are down we don’t become complacent,” Bernie said. “I urge the campus community to remain mindful of situations that exist that provide the opportunity for crime. Everyone on campus must do their part to reduce the opportunity for crimes to be committed.”

The Police Department takes a partnership approach to crime prevention, working with campus departments, the Baltimore County Police Department and other state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to build collaborative crime prevention programs on campus and in the surrounding area. The department also stresses crime prevention tactics through campus safety presentations as well as annual events such as the SafeWalk and Operation Santa Cop.

Information on crime prevention, as well as complete listing of UCR statistics within the USM, is available on the TUPD website at


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