Oakland University ranked 2nd safest college in U.S.

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A new ranking compiled by Alarms.org, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security, named Oakland University in Rochester the second-safest college campus in America. 

Oakland University ranked behind Brigham Young University-Idaho, which took the top spot. 

“We created this ranking using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the Campus Safety Security Survey put out by the U.S. Department of Education. Nearly all accredited institutions were considered in this project, save for those with enrollment under 10,000 students, and others for which a significant amount of data was unavailable,” the ranking’s description said. 

According to Alarms.org, they also analyzed the crimes reported by the universities (any rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle theft and arson), the safety scores  for the cities the schools were located (violent and property crime rates) and the number of law enforcement officers employed by the school per 1,000 students. 

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Regarding Oakland University, Alarms.org said:

“Violent crime is practically non-existent on this campus, unique for both a public university and one topping 20,000 in enrollment. This fact, combined with Rochester’s very low crime rates, make for a very safe university environment.” 

Oakland University Police Department Chief Mark Gordon said they work hard every day to make the university safe, but they have always stressed community involvement and safety is everybody’s responsibility on campus. 

“We have fostered an atmosphere of reporting on campus…  So people feel free to call us with information,” he said. “There’s the national campaign, ‘if you see something, say something,’ and we have taken the that to the local level.” 

Gordon said partnerships and engagement with community members play a big role, because a police department cannot make a community safe without support. 

If police can have good working relationships with the community and build a good bond, Gordon said they can better keep people safe. 

“I think we’ve accomplished that,” he said. Contact reporter Aleanna Siacon at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @AleannaSiacon

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