Towson crime stats remain lowest in University System of Maryland

Good policing, community awareness contribute to continued improvement in campus safety


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The Towson University Police Department is one of few in the region to staff a K-9 Unit.

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 12, 2012)—Towson University’s 2011 Uniform Crime Statistics continue to be the lowest —6.38 per 1,000 students—among the University System of Maryland's 12 campuses, and only a fraction of Baltimore County’s 34.94 rate.

Specific categories have declined significantly. For example, the campus reported 119 thefts in 2011, as opposed to 366 in 1995. Burglaries also dropped from a high of 89 in 1997 to 11 in 2011, while property crimes plummeted from 442 in 1995 to 130 in 2011.

The university’s Uniform Crime Statistics have continued a downward trend even as the populations of the campus and the city of Towson grow.

Total Part I crimes—defined as homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft—declined from 450 to 77 since 1995.

"It's encouraging to see that the campus crime statistics continually remain substantially lower than the reported crime rate for the metropolitan area," says Bernard J. Gerst, associate vice president of Public Safety and Chief of Police.

Gerst shares credit with TUPD's crime prevention/awareness efforts and an involved campus community, explaining that his department works hard to educate faculty, staff and students about safety on campus.

Gerst says the department also supports a high level of visibility on campus. “We maintain a minimum of three officers and one supervisor on duty,” he explains. “Our officers are out there to protect the campus—in cars, on bikes or on foot—24 hours a day.”

To learn more about safety and security on campus, and to see additional statistics, visit the TUPD website.




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2011 USM Uniform Crime Statistics (PDF)




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