The Worst U.S. College Crime Areas

April 4th, 2011 by admin


The Worst U.S. College Crime Areas

“University Crime Statistics Visualized” is an infographic featuring data on crimes committed on US college campuses in 2008. The data was collected and organized into the chart by DegreeScout. The infographic contains some surprisingly comprehensive information on the subject of crime on our college campuses. Some of the information may come as a shock to some people, while some probably won’t come as a big surprise.

The infographic begins by giving us the statistics for various crimes that occurred on campuses across the country in 2008. The offenses are categorized as “Violent Crimes,” Theft and Petty Crimes,” “Sexual Asault and Rape,” “Drug and Alcohol Related Crimes,” “Hate Crimes,” and “Special Crimes.” For the most part, this shows us statistics of these crimes without going into much detail. It turns out that there was relatively little violent criminal acts such as murder, manslaughter, and assault on campuses in 2008, while there was large number of drug and alcohol related offenses and petty crimes such as burglary and robbery. There were also many instances of sexual assault, but those statistics are surprisingly low compared to the other statistics presented.

The “Special Crimes” section deserves a special mention, as it compiles data on campus shooting incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2008. It states that there have been 65 people killed and 46 people wounded in shootings on college campuses during that time. It then goes on to give detailed descriptions on many of these shootings. There’s a distressingly long list of these violent shootings, and the accounts of the acts are indeed disturbing. It’s still makes for some fascinating reading for those who are interested in studying criminal justice.

The last section is dedicated to showing us a map of the worst college crime areas in the US. The worst offender is UC Santa Barbara in California, with 1,019 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

It’s all fascinating stuff, and it may make prospective college students think twice about where they want to continue their education.

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