Despite campus crime rates increasing from 2011 to 2013, a significant majority of college students feel safe on campus with their mobile phones at hand, according to a recent study.
Analyzing U.S. Department of Education statistics from those years, bandwidth and personal safety developer BlueLight observed a 10 percent increase in non-property crime, such as robbery, sexual assault and manslaughter.
Public and private universities are required to report crime data to the U.S. Department of Education for criminal offenses that occur on campus, in student housing and on non-campus property related to the university. These crime statistics represent alleged offenses reported to campus security and do not reflect prosecutions or convictions.
The slideshow of Texas colleges targets 2013 statistics, the latest numbers available, on murder and manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault and arson.
Texas universities with higher enrollments tend to have higher numbers of criminal incidents, but sex crimes and assault occur through nearly all listed institutions from University of Texas at Austin to the private Trinity University. Even the smaller private schools are still vulnerable to manslaughter and arson.
Nonetheless, 80 percent of polled students report feeling “very safe,” in the survey conducted this summer. In addition to the quick speed dial, mobile technologies and location apps like Glimpse, Life 360 Family Locator, and Find My Friends help smartphone users keep tabs on friends and family with a GPS signal.