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ERIC Number: ED360904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship of Campus Crime to Campus and Community Characteristics. AIR 1993 Annual Forum Paper.
Volkwein, J. Fredericks; And Others
A study of campus crime trends from 1974 to 1990 examines the relationships between campus crime and college characteristics. The research drew on merged national databases containing federal crime statistics, community demographic data, and campus characteristics. The results show that campus rates of both violent crime and property crime are falling, especially since 1985. Moreover, students are considerably safer on-campus than in the cities and communities surrounding them. Vehicle theft rate has remained level. The lowest average crime rates are found at 2-year colleges, while the highest overall rates are at medical schools and health science centers. While student characteristics in general are more highly related to campus crime than are community and organizational measures, differences were found in the patterns of variables associated with violent crime versus property crime. The variable most strongly associated with the campus crime rate was the number of campus police per capita. Factors associated with violent crime were more complex and difficult to predict. The evidence for spillover from community to campus was statistically significant but not consistent. There was evidence for spillover effect for property crime, but not for violent crime. The paper contains six tables, four charts, and four references. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A