When considering all of the college campuses across the nation, would you have ever guessed that the Downtown Brooklyn campus of Long Island University would stack up as the third safest campus in the nation? Well when the Daily Beast blog recently ranked the the safest college campuses, that is where LIU’s Brooklyn campus fell–third! It is also ranked as the safest college campus in all of New York City.
The Daily Beast analyzed security and crime data for 458 college that was available from 2006 through 2008. Pursuant to the Clery Act, all schools that receive federal funding are required to disclose crime information. Therefore, the Daily Beast was able to obtain security and crime data from the the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI, and the Secret Service.
In creating the list, the Daily Beast assigned a weight value to the types of criminal incidents reported. There were nine types of crimes evaluated in all. Burglary carried the lowest value. Car theft was then assigned twice the weigh of burglary. Assault and robbery were considered to weigh six times more than burglary. Negligent murder weighed 20 times what burglary was assigned. The most dangerous and highest weighted crime was murder which was assigned a weight 40 times that of burglary.
From 2006 through 2007, LIU’s Brooklyn campus only had six burglaries reported and none of the more serious crimes were reported. While many may consider Downtown Brooklyn to not even be one of the most safe neighborhoods in New York, it is reassuring to know that the LIU Downtown Brooklyn Campus is the safest campus in New York City and the third safest campus in the nation. Keep it up LIU!