Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

2019 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Crime & Safety Report

Is Bowling Green State University - Main Campus safe? On this page, we'll examine crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

Info in this crime and safety report on BGSU:

Understanding the Crime Stats for BGSU

Types of Crime & Safety Incidents

We have compiled this information on crime statistics from the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security data. The types of crimes are divided into the following categories: arrests for major crimes, arrests for possession, violence against women, and disciplinary actions.

The arrests for major crimes category includes arrests for things such as murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, and arson. The violence against women grouping includes things such as domestic violence, date rape, and stalking. The arrests for possession classification deals with things such as weapons possession, alcohol violations, and drug violations. The disciplinary actions category involves possession of weapons, alcohol violations, and drug violations in the cases where no arrest occurred but some action was taken.

Number of Incidents

It is not unusual for institutions to report that no incidents occurred in some of these categories. In fact, 56% of the schools we cover reported no arrests for major crimes, 67% reported no violence against women, 70% reported no arrests for possession, and 68% reported no disciplinary actions.

Zero incidents of reported crime may be nice to see, but it does not necessarily mean the school is safer, as it could indicate lax reporting. Similarly, a high number of incidents could indicate that the school is more strict about reporting and law enforcement than other institutions.

BGSU Overall Crime Stats

341 Total Number of Incidents
19.23 Incidents per 1000 Students
Bowling Green State University - Main Campus reported 341 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place at or near campus or on other properties affiliated with the school. That works out to 19.23 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 17,733.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 29 1,670 1.64 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 119 880 6.71 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 9 334 0.51 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 184 2,670 10.38 4,574.85

BGSU Overall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of BGSU crime and safety incidents are in each category.

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Disciplinary actions account for 54.0% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 34.9% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Bowling Green State University - Main Campus resulted in arrests for possession. About 8.5% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 2.6% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how BGSU compares to other colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to each category of crime and safety-related incidents. Note that this does not take school size into account so larger schools are likely to have more incidents.

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BGSU Overall Crime by Location

The chart below shows what percentage of BGSU crime and safety incidents happened in each location.

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BGSU On-Campus Crime Stats

313 Total Number of Incidents
17.65 Incidents per 1000 Students
Bowling Green State University - Main Campus reported 313 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Since the number of students at the school that year was 17,733, that's 17.65 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 28 1,585 1.58 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 92 813 5.19 888.89
Violence Against Women 9 331 0.51 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 184 2,645 10.38 4,544.91

BGSU On-Campus Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of BGSU on-campus crime and safety incidents by category is shown in the following chart.

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BGSU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

1 Total Number of Incidents
0.06 Incidents per 1000 Students
Bowling Green State University - Main Campus reported 1 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on affiliated off-campus properties. Since the number of students at the school that year was 17,733, that's 0.06 incidents per 1,000 students.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 1 164 0.06 333.33
Arrests for Possession 0 64 0.00 111.11
Violence Against Women 0 100 0.00 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

BGSU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of BGSU crime and safety incidents by category on affiliated off-campus is shown in the following chart.

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BGSU Residence Hall Crime Stats

248 Total Number of Incidents
13.99 Incidents per 1000 Students
Bowling Green State University - Main Campus reported 248 safety-related incidents involving students in residence halls in 2019. These counts are also included in the on-campus crimes category. That works out to 13.99 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 17,733.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 25 167 1.41 101.80
Arrests for Possession 58 715 3.27 180.35
Violence Against Women 5 140 0.28 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 160 2,507 9.02 4,029.94

BGSU Residence Hall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of BGSU crime and safety incidents in residence halls are in each category.

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27 Total Number of Incidents
1.52 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus reported 27 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on public property in the surrounding Bowling Green neighborhood. That works out to 1.52 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 17,733.

In order to make this data a little clearer, the table below shows the number of incidents by category and the maximum number of incidents reported by a school in that category.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 0 67 0.00 666.67
Arrests for Possession 27 245 1.52 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 0 137 0.00 137.93

The chart below shows what percentage of BGSU student-related crime and safety incidents in the Bowling Green neighborhood surrounding the campus are in each category.

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References

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