Most Crime-Riddled Schools in the U.S.

In June of 2012, The Daily Beast put together a list of the most crime-riddled colleges in the United States, looking at data from 2008 to 2010 that included the school’s enrollment, numbers of murders, negligent homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, car thefts, and arson occurring at these schools.

Schools from the east coast to the west coast made their way onto this list, with schools in both extremely large cities and smaller, rural areas making their way into the top 25.

Topping the list was the University of Alabama, Huntsville. In the years cited, the school had an enrollment of 7,614 and 3 murders, 80 burglaries, 8 car thefts, and 10 aggravated assaults. Joining the University of Alabama in the top five were Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI), the University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA), Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL), and the University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR).

With a recent shooting at a Houston-area community college, schools across the country are taking steps to reduce crime on their campuses and keep students safe. In fact, some states, like Texas, are considering changing their policies to allow either faculty members to carry weapons on campus or to have armed guards at schools in an attempt to deter gun violence, or end an incident should one begin. Although guns are not allowed on college campuses at the current time, a bill might come before the Texas legislature this session that could change this rule.

Taking action against the parties responsible for committing crimes on college campuses can be a difficult endeavor, as responsibility can lie with several different parties. In many cases, universities have their own disciplinary systems in place to deal with crimes committed by students, and students represent themselves when accused of dangerous or criminal offenses. In other instances, if a student-committed crime is particularly egregious, or if the perpetrator of a crime on campus is not a student, that individual will usually be turned over to the authorities and will have to contact a criminal lawyer for their defense.

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