Essay on Crime Deterrence And Safety On School Campuses

1132 Words Nov 11th, 2015 null Page
At the University of Kentucky, “the steps” walkway right off of South Limestone, is a path that hosts many students daily as they make their way to class. This walkway is also theoretically one of the safer places to walk through on the campus. The reason for this is because of the fact that it is part of the “Cat Path,” which suggests that it is patrolled by the police. With this in mind, it made me wonder, why do the implementations of these things make us feel more safe and how much safer does it actually make us? These questions brought me to the ideas of crime deterrence and safety on school campuses. As areas become more prone to crime, the amount of police presence and safety procedures are put in place, in order to lower the potential for crime within the areas, and definitely around school campuses. Many places try different methods of crime prevention, boasting about the effectiveness or potential for it, without ever really proving it to be so. Statistics for crime on school campuses is much more readily available as required by the states, as well as for the benefit of the school in showing their lower crime rates. This comes with its drawbacks however, when it comes to the reporting of the crimes or the severity of the crimes themselves. Although there is a lot of information in the area of statistics gathered, there are studies that suggest that some schools possibly even under report their crimes in order to maintain their reputation as “safe” schools. This…

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