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TU Low Crime Rates – More Accolades for TUPD

by Tyler New

The Towson University Police Department (TUPD) has increased its success in limiting on-campus criminal activity in recent years.

This year, the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) found the Part 1 crime rate (homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assaults, etc.) on the Towson University campus to be 6.38 crimes per 1,000 students. In other words, the Part 1 crime rate at Towson University is less than 1 percent.

This is not to say that the TUPD was previously ineffective at limiting crime, though; it won the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) award for 25 consecutive years before its remarkable improvement.

The TUPD reported that UCR Part 1 crimes were reduced by 19 percent from 2010 to 2011.  Furthermore, property crimes fell from more than 400 in 1995 to 130 in 2011.

It has since won the GOCCP two more times.

TUPD’s success has continued, as a recent FBI report lists Towson’s crime rate at less than seven percent.  This is considerably lower than Baltimore County’s crime rate, which stands at 35 percent. 

One could draw a parallel between the 27 GOCCP awards won by the TUPD and the 27 World Series championships won by the New York Yankees. I’m not saying that the TUPD is the New York Yankees of crime prevention, but I’m not saying it isn’t, either.

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