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The 25 Safest Colleges in America

Brigham Young University #17

Brigham Young University #17 of the 25 safest colleges in America

I wish I had the time to put something like this together, but because I am so busy, the Daily Beast decided to put this list together for me. They compiled a list of colleges around the country that had more than 6,000 students enrolled and had some type of on-campus housing. Not surprisingly, the safest colleges tend to be smaller (under 15,000 students), and many tend to be rural (although there are quiet a few urban New York colleges on the list). Case in point: the number 1 safest college is The New York Institute of Technology (11,831 students). The biggest school in the top 25: Texas A&M (46,542 students).

For the full story and the complete list: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-09-24/the-top-25-safest-colleges/

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September 28, 2009 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

GPS Tracking Keeps Tabs on Sex Offenders

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is leading the way in sex offender tracking by issuing 6,000 GPS tracking bracelets to paroled sex offenders across the state.

The tracking bracelets send GPS information to a central server every 10 minutes so that analysts can map movement and anchor points for sex offenders. The system will also alert parole officers if a sex offender’s GPS data shows a correlation between a sex offender’s location and the time and location of a recent crime.

Clearly this system cannot predict a sex offender’s movements or the likelihood that he or she will re-offend; however, with the knowledge that their movements are being tracked, sex offenders will be less likely to travel into restricted areas and less likely to re-offend. And in the event that they are involved in a crime, the tracking system will make it easier to catch and prosecute the offenders.

Source: http://www.corrections.com/news/article/22100

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August 17, 2009 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Apartment Managers Work with Police to Curb Crime in the Community

In Jackson, Mississippi, criminals are increasingly targeting local apartment complexes. To fight this growing threat, police have joined with local apartment managers to create a coalition of apartment managers who will meet once a month to discuss suspicious activity and crime prevention strategies.

Chief Lewis believes that a strong neighborhood watch program in the subdivisions has pushed criminals toward apartment complexes where such programs are not as strong. He told apartment managers at the first meetoing of the coalition, “In order for us to have a decrease in crime on your properties, we need you to help us.”

Source: http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20090803/NEWS/908030319/Police+team+up+with+apartment+managers++residents

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August 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Criminals Use Internet to Fence Stolen Property

The Overland Park, Kansas, Police Department has realized that the internet is the new fencing site for burglars and thieves. If you have been a victim of theft, the first place you may want to turn in craigslist. Watch the following video.

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July 28, 2009 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Record Growth in June for CrimeReports.com Indicates Law Enforcement Trend Toward Online Communication

We at CrimeReports are all very happy about our recent growth and our record-breaking month of June. Below is a press release highlighting our recent success and the law enforcement community’s forward-thinking views on sharing crime information with the public:

June represents a record-breaking month for CrimeReports.com, signing new partnerships with 49 law enforcement agencies across the U.S. These new partnerships represent close to a 10 percent growth for the world leader in online crime mapping in the last month. Currently, CrimeReports publishes live crime information for close to 500 law enforcement agencies across North America and is working with more than 50 others that will begin publishing their crimes live within the next 60 days.

CrimeReports’ rapid growth indicates a trend in law enforcement away from traditional weekly crime blotters and toward the use of online communication, including social media, to disseminate crime information more quickly and efficiently. As a result, publishing crime maps and providing crime alerts, like those provided by CrimeReports, is quickly becoming the standard for forward-thinking agencies across North America. “From a customer service perspective, let’s get that online so people can do their own analysis of what’s going on in the neighborhood,” said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, discussing CrimeReports in a recent Boston Herald article.

Although there are other crime-mapping websites, few can boast partnerships with more than a few dozen agencies, whereas CrimeReports is signing up an average of 30 agencies a month. “Our growth has been astounding,” said Greg Whisenant, Founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “We started with one agency just two years ago, so our explosive growth really shows how law enforcement agencies have been hungry for a service like this and have been amazingly forward thinking in adopting it so quickly.”

In addition, CrimeReports’ internal-facing analytics tool, Command Central, is now being used by nearly 50 agencies nationwide and will expand further in the coming months.

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July 10, 2009 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Crime Rises with Temperature

Marietta, Georgia, has traditionally seen a rise in crime as the weather gets warmer, and they are gearing for an increase now as we head into the summer. According to a local media source, the police department attributes the rise to an increase in juveniles on the street during summer break and more absent houses as people leave on vacation.

But this increase is not limited to Marietta, many agencies across the US and Canada realize that crime increases when the weather gets warm. For the average citizen, this means making sure that you are vigilant about your personal and property safety during the summer months.

If you plan on heading off to exotic locations, make sure that you take measures to protect your home while you are away: lack all doors and windows and make sure you have a neighbor, family member, or friend check on your property periodically to make sure nothing is amiss. As well, you can stop mail service or have someone pick up your mail so that your house does not appear vacant. In addition, stay informed about crime in your neighborhood while you are away by checking CrimeReports.com.

Source: http://www.mdjonline.com/content/index/showcontentitem/area/1/section/21/item/135145.html

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June 18, 2009 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

The Myth of Rising Crime: Citizen Perception vs. Statistical Evidence

Over the past few days, a number of articles have been published dealing with citizens’ perception of crime versus the actual crime data coming out of police departments. Overall, it seems that most people feel that crime is on the rise, even though most areas of the country are actually experiencing a drop in crime.

New York, LA, New Jersey, San Francisco, and other large populations centers are all experiencing a recent drop in crime that has largely gone unpublished in the media. In addition, there is a common-sense line of thinking that states that when the economy goes bad, crime goes up. However logical this may seem, there is actually no proven correlation between a bad economy and high crime rates. In fact, proving such a correlation is almost impossible because of the sheer amount of variables involved. But these factors go into the formation of public opinion that crime is on the rise, when the numbers actually contradict that assumption.

The Item published an interesting article recently about the fine line of reporting crime, basically asking the question: how do you balance giving the public the information they need without overplaying the amount of crime committed? Perhaps the solution lies in getting more information out to the public through tools like CrimeReports.com, Twitter, Facebook, and other internet and print-based media.

Is the perception of crime higher than the reality in your area? What can we do to change it? Leave a comment.

Sources:
Hudson Reporter

LA Times
Contra Costa Times
New York Daily News
The Item

Related Post: Bad Economy=More Crime?
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