Experts at 'Your Local Security' just released the fourth annual report on the safest college campuses in America.
According to the data, Virginia Tech is the safest college in the state of Virginia and ranks number 8 nationwide, which is among the top 25 safest college campuses in America.
Analysts calculated several factors to determine campus safety, including hate crime, property crime, violent crime, and violence against women.
Since, COVID-19 has sparked an increase in hate crimes nationwide, Virginia Techs community will likely be hyper-vigilant as students return to campus.
Virginia Tech’s overall crime score of 8.25 made it one of the eleven colleges on the list to achieve a total crime index below 10.
Virginia Tech is one of the largest schools on the list, at a student body of 34,440. Its hate crime and VAWA rate is one of the lowest at 0.16 per 10,000.
After the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, the school overhauled its campus safety program, adding electronic signs and emergency messaging systems for text, email, and Twitter. Now, the campus is one of the safest in the nation.
Plus, a student survivor of the shooting created the app, LiveSafe, which many of the colleges have implemented. It allows users to submit tips and alert authorities of nearby crimes.
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