Purdue University - Main Campus

2019 Purdue University - Main Campus Crime & Safety Report

Is Purdue University - Main Campus safe? Below we'll take a look at crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

Info in this crime and safety report on Purdue:

Understanding the Crime Stats for Purdue

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

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. Likewise, a high number of incidents may just mean that the school is stricter about law enforcement and reporting.

Purdue Overall Crime Stats

1,277 Total Number of Incidents
28.07 Incidents per 1000 Students
Purdue University - Main Campus reported 1,277 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. Since the number of students at the school that year was 45,500, that's 28.07 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 80 1,670 1.76 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 217 880 4.77 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 41 334 0.90 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 939 2,670 20.64 4,574.85

Purdue Overall Crime by Category

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

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Disciplinary actions account for 73.5% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 17.0% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Purdue University - Main Campus resulted in arrests for possession. About 6.3% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 3.2% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how Purdue 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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Purdue Overall Crime by Location

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

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Purdue On-Campus Crime Stats

1,165 Total Number of Incidents
25.60 Incidents per 1000 Students
Purdue University - Main Campus reported 1,165 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on campus. Since the number of students at the school that year was 45,500, that's 25.60 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 60 1,585 1.32 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 140 813 3.08 888.89
Violence Against Women 39 331 0.86 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 926 2,645 20.35 4,544.91

Purdue On-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Purdue Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

39 Total Number of Incidents
0.86 Incidents per 1000 Students
Purdue University - Main Campus reported 39 safety-related incidents involving students on affiliated off-campus properties in 2019. Based on a student body population of 45,500, that's 0.86 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 19 164 0.42 333.33
Arrests for Possession 5 64 0.11 111.11
Violence Against Women 2 100 0.04 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 13 144 0.29 305.56

Purdue Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

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

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Purdue Residence Hall Crime Stats

1,029 Total Number of Incidents
22.62 Incidents per 1000 Students
Purdue University - Main Campus reported 1,029 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019 that took place in residence halls. Note that these numbers are also included in the on-campus crimes category. That works out to 22.62 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 45,500.

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 35 167 0.77 101.80
Arrests for Possession 93 715 2.04 180.35
Violence Against Women 19 140 0.42 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 882 2,507 19.38 4,029.94

Purdue Residence Hall Crime by Category

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

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73 Total Number of Incidents
1.60 Incidents per 1000 Students
Purdue University - Main Campus reported 73 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on West Lafayette public property in areas surrounding the campus. Since the number of students at the school that year was 45,500, that's 1.60 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 67 0.02 666.67
Arrests for Possession 72 245 1.58 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 Purdue student-related crime and safety incidents in the West Lafayette neighborhood surrounding the campus are in each category.

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References

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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