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NKU named safest campus in Greater Cincinnati; ranked 23rd nationally for campus security measures

Northern Kentucky University has been named the safest college campus in Greater Cincinnati, according to a new ranking by YourLocalSecurity.com.

NKU ranked 23rd on the 2020 Safest Colleges Campuses in America list. YourLocalSecurity.com, a resource dedicated to providing security tools and information, analyzed campus crime data from the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Report and the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security to compile its list.

Northern Kentucky University has been named the safest college campus in Greater Cincinnati. (NKU photo)

“Many colleges offer a less-than-impressive safety section on their websites, but Northern Kentucky University gives students a breakdown of every emergency action plan, so they’ll know what to do in the event of a tornado, active shooter, and even a psychological crisis,“ the website reported in its review of NKU.

When compiling the ranking, YourLocalSecurity.com also evaluated the safety of a college campus by measuring each university’s crime per capita.

“Incoming freshmen can feel better entering college when they know their campus has crime prevention measures and crisis management systems in place to ensure lower crime rates,” according to YourLocalSecurity.com. “Even better, the NKU has a brag-worthy violent crime rate of 0.75 per 10,000 people.”

NKU has received numerous top safety rankings, such as Kentucky’s Most Secure Campus by Secure Life, the third Safest College Campuses in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, and among the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise.

“When you look at college campuses, they include large and diverse areas, so you can see why safety remains a concern. It’s more important now than ever to keep our campus community safe,” said Chief John Gaffin, NKU University Police. “We have a lot going on to help ease concerns, from our 24-hour police escort system to campus lighting and blue lit emergency phones across.”

To learn more about NKU’s latest ranking and view the complete list, click here.

From Northern Kentucky University

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