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Highlands Heights rated one of safest college towns in the nation

Third time on list

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2016) — The Safewise Report has named Highland Heights, home to Northern Kentucky University, one of the safest campuses in the nation. Highland Heights was rated 12th on the list of 30 Safest College Towns in America — 2016.

Safest-College-Towns-in-America-Blog-Image-1This is the third year Safewise has ranked NKU among the safest college towns in the nation for the low rate of crime on campus. The Utah-based security and crime prevention firm compiles its rankings by using the most recent FBI technology to analyze crime statistics, as well as its own analysis of crime prevention initiatives and activities.

“The safety of each student, faculty, staff, and visitor is our top priority and very much a shared responsibility across campus as well as across the community,” said Lt. John Gaffin, interim University Police chief. “We are proud to work with Highland Heights and many other community partners.”

Safewise said of Highland Heights, “With around 15,000 students, the university has done an impressive job of limiting crime on campus. According to NKU’s most recent crime statistics, there were no incidents of assault, robbery, arson, motor vehicle theft, or murder in 2014. One way NKU helps protect students is through the free NKU phone app. The app includes emergency contact information, an alert system, and personal safety tips. In addition, the university regularly conducts fire drills and active shooter education.”