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Crime on campus reaches 19-year low

Newly-released Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics show that crime on Towson University’s campus is at the lowest point in nearly two decades.

Total part I crimes are down more than 14% from 2012 despite growth in overall enrollment and an increase in external events held on campus. The university had one violent crime and 117 property crimes for a total of 118 part I crimes in 2013—the lowest number since 1995. Crime statistics from 1995 – 2013 are available here.

Part I crimes are criminal offenses that universities are required to track and report, including robbery, assault, theft and other categories. Within the University System of Maryland, TU has had the lowest number of part I crimes per capita for the past five consecutive years. USM crime comparisons for 2013 will be available this spring.

The statistics aren’t the only good news for the TUPD. Last month, the department received the Governor’s Crime Prevention Award for the 29th consecutive year—more than any other college or university in the state. This summer, they earned a national CALEA accreditation that is given to only 6% of law enforcement agencies nationwide. The accreditation required a 358-point review, at the culmination of which the reviewer noted, “This agency was found to be second to none.”

TUPD Officers accept the Governor's Award for Crime Prevention.  Left to right: Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Deputy Secretary Carroll Parrish, Police and Correctional Training Commissions Executive Director Charles Rapp, TU Police Chief Bernie Gerst, TU Police Officer Kia Williams, and Maryland State Police Superintendent Marcus Brown.

The TUPD receives the Governor’s Award for Crime Prevention.
Left to right: Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Deputy Secretary Carroll Parrish, Police and Correctional Training Commissions Executive Director Charles Rapp, TU Police Chief Bernie Gerst, TU Police Officer Kia Williams, and Maryland State Police Superintendent Marcus Brown.

In today’s world campus safety is a multifaceted and ever-changing effort. Kudos to the TUPD on these hard-earned successes in crime prevention and enforcement.

Written by Pam Gorsuch

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