A new report released this morning (February 19) shows SUNY Cortland hit its lowest crime rate in more than four decades last year.
University Police reported a total of 230 on-campus crimes in 2019, the lowest in 43 years and a 28% decrease from the year prior, with arrest numbers nearly cut in half at a 48% drop.
The university has been recognized in recent by various publications reporting on campus safety among institutions across the U.S.
Last year, YourLocalSecurity.com ranked SUNY Cortland as the safest college environment in New York State, based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security analysis and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
Additionally, Safewise.com used data from the FBI to rank the City of Cortland as the only municipality in New York on its list of the safest college towns in America last year.
Cortland also made Safewise’s rankings in 2017 and 2018.
“Nationally, crimes rates have been at an all-time low and the same is true on college campuses,” said UPD Chief Mark DePaull. “I believe our campus crime rates are low due to our community members buying into the ‘whole community’ approach to making the campus a safer place. It is a team effort spread across the entire community.”