WMU News

WMU safest campus in state, data shows

March 17, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University campus is the safest in Michigan and 26th safest in the United States, according to figures compiled by a Massachusetts research firm.

The firm, Healey Roman Associates of Framingham, Mass., gathered data from 383 colleges and universities across the country using the U.S. Department of Justice's annual publication "Crime in the United States." A total of 12 Michigan campuses was included in the summary.

"This report suggests that WMU is, indeed, a safe campus," said Robert J. Brown, director of public safety at WMU. "It does not mean, of course, that faculty, staff, students and visitors should ignore common safety practices they would observe anywhere."

The Healey Roman statistical summary ranked campuses using an average of three years of federal crime data in categories of murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny or theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. The years were 1993, 1994 and 1995, the most recent data used.

"One thing is clear," said the report's author, William A. Healey. "Colleges are less dangerous than most of our communities, but some are a lot safer than others." He explained that providing data for "Crime in the United States" is voluntary and not all institutions participate.

According to Healey's summary, the safest campus in America is Loyola University of Chicago. In Michigan, WMU is followed in rank by the University of Michigan at Flint (30), Oakland University (39), Grand Valley State University (43) and Central Michigan University (59) among 12 campuses in the state for which data were used.

Media contact: Mike Matthews; michael.matthews@wmich.edu

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