University crime rates drop to lowest level in 18 years
Towson University had its lowest crime rate since 1995 last year, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.
Towson has reported having the lowest crime rate in the University System of Maryland for the past five years, but is waiting on the crime rates for the other USM schools to be released to see if the trend continued, Towson University Chief of Police Bernard Gerst said.
“Any crime is not a good crime,” Gerst said. “We would eventually like to have a day where there was no crime.”
There were 118 Total Part I crimes—robbery, assault, burglary, theft and other categories–at the University in 2013, according to the UCR. In 2012 there were 138 and in 1995 there were 450.
Every month TUPD fills out a report to the Maryland State Police that documents all the crime that happened on Towson’s campus that month, Gerst said. Only crime that occurred on Towson’s campus is reported.
While crime has been dropping, enrollment has been increasing. In 1995, Towson had 14,551 students enrolled and in 2013 there were 22,499 students enrolled.
Freshman Shaynna Veira said she feels safe on campus and that police are always patrolling. The crime seems relatively low considering how close we are to Baltimore, she said.
“I don’t find there’s much crime on campus,” Veira said.