Brigham Young University - Provo

2019 Brigham Young University - Provo Crime & Safety Report

Is BYU safe? Below we'll take a look at crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

What you'll find in our crime and safety report on BYU:

A Word About the Crime Stats for BYU

Crime & Safety Definitions

Our crime statistics come from the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security data. The four types of crimes we will be analyzing are violence against women, arrests for major crimes, arrests for possession, and disciplinary actions.

Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and arson are the types of things included in the arrests for major crimes category. 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

Many colleges and universities report zero incidents in some or all 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.

While zero reported crimes may seem like a good sign, it does not necessarily indicate that the school has been safer. It may just be that the school doesn't have as strict reporting as others. Likewise, a high number of incidents may just mean that the school is stricter about law enforcement and reporting.

BYU Overall Crime Stats

90 Total Number of Incidents
2.62 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Brigham Young University - Provo reported 90 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students at or near campus or on other properties associated with the school. That works out to 2.62 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 34,318.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 23 1,670 0.67 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 17 880 0.50 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 46 334 1.34 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 4 2,670 0.12 4,574.85

BYU Overall Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of BYU crime and safety incidents by category is shown in the following chart.

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Disciplinary actions account for 4.4% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 18.9% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Brigham Young University - Provo resulted in arrests for possession. About 25.6% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 51.1% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how BYU 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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BYU Overall Crime by Location

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

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BYU On-Campus Crime Stats

82 Total Number of Incidents
2.39 Incidents per 1000 Students
Brigham Young University - Provo reported 82 safety-related incidents involving students on campus in 2019. Based on a student body population of 34,318, that's 2.39 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 20 1,585 0.58 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 13 813 0.38 888.89
Violence Against Women 45 331 1.31 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 4 2,645 0.12 4,544.91

BYU On-Campus Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of BYU on-campus crime and safety incidents are in each category.

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BYU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

3 Total Number of Incidents
0.09 Incidents per 1000 Students
Brigham Young University - Provo reported 3 safety-related incidents involving students on affiliated off-campus properties in 2019. That works out to 0.09 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 34,318.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 2 164 0.06 333.33
Arrests for Possession 0 64 0.00 111.11
Violence Against Women 1 100 0.03 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

BYU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of BYU crime and safety incidents on affiliated off-campus properties are in each category.

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BYU Residence Hall Crime Stats

37 Total Number of Incidents
1.08 Incidents per 1000 Students
Brigham Young University - Provo reported 37 safety-related incidents involving students in residence halls in 2019. Note that these numbers are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Based on a student body population of 34,318, that's 1.08 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 11 167 0.32 101.80
Arrests for Possession 9 715 0.26 180.35
Violence Against Women 14 140 0.41 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 3 2,507 0.09 4,029.94

BYU Residence Hall Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of BYU crime and safety incidents by category in residence halls is shown in the following chart.

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5 Total Number of Incidents
0.15 Incidents per 1000 Students
Brigham Young University - Provo reported 5 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on Provo public property in areas surrounding the campus. Since the number of students at the school that year was 34,318, that's 0.15 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

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 67 0.03 666.67
Arrests for Possession 4 245 0.12 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 BYU student-related crime and safety incidents in the Provo neighborhood surrounding the campus are in each category.

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References

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