According to the FBI’s 2017 crime statistics, Florida State University had the highest violent crime count of any public college in Florida.
This was also the case in 2016. See the FBI reports below.
The FBI states that university/college crime statistics are affected by a variety of factors. These include demographic characteristics of the surrounding community, ratio of male to female students, number of on-campus residents, accessibility of the campus to outside visitors, size of enrollment.
Florida State University is located within the Tallahassee city limits. Tallahassee/Leon county has led the state of Florida in crime rate for the last four years – 2014,2015,2016, and 2017.
Also, the city of Tallahassee has set two new records for murders over the last four years.
Last year President John Thrasher in a statement lauded the outreach and crime-fighting efforts of the police department and maintained that student safety is paramount.
“We must continue working closely with our local law enforcement agencies to stem the rising tide of crime in other parts of the community,” Thrasher said. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.”
Like in 2017, the report says the FSU leads in multiple crime categories to include rape, property crime, larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
The statistics are based on all offenses that were reported to local law enforcement in 2017.
The university reported higher crime counts than larger schools like the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida International University in Miami, and the University of South Florida in Tampa.
The FBI reports for 2016 and 2017 are below: