Safe city streets, preserved business and cultural lives for more than 6,000 part-time and permanent residents of Edinboro and a neighborhood watch program have helped the Borough of Edinboro earn the No. 15 spot on the SafeWise Report’s Top 30 Safest College Towns in America.
SafeWise, an independent web-based ranking system that reviews and compares security products and provides safety resources from industry experts, recognized the borough and Edinboro University following a review of FBI statistics and safety-related programs and initiatives.
“The Edinboro University Police Department has a very good working relationship with the Edinboro Police Department,” said EU Police Chief Angela Vincent. “In order to provide a safe community for both the university and the borough, we recognize that it is imperative to share pertinent information with each other.”
Edinboro University earned a spot in the rankings among iconic college towns such as Amherst, Mass. (University of Massachusetts), Princeton, N.J. (Princeton University) and Hanover, N.H. (Dartmouth College), as well as communities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education such as Slippery Rock, Millersville and Clarion.
SafeWise ranks cities, towns and communities starting with FBI crime statistics in 2015. Security experts calculate the total number of crimes committed in each city in the U.S. with at least one accredited, academic, higher-education institution. Next, SafeWise experts weigh these statistics in relation to the size of the population and other important factors. Lastly, experts review relevant safety, security and community-outreach programs offered in each city.
“Keeping people safe is a city-wide affair in Edinboro,” said SafeWise security analyst Rebecca Edwards. “Tools like the neighborhood watch program get everyone involved, which makes Edinboro one of the safest places to send your student for college.”
SafeWise also reported that the Borough of Edinboro reported only five incidents of violent crime, and no counts of arson or motor-vehicle theft were noted.
Edinboro University maintains a safe campus for students, employees and visitors through patrols, walk-throughs of residence halls and academic buildings and training for students and employees, Vincent said. The department also monitors safety cameras, emergency phones and emergency alert systems to provide another layer of campus security.
The centerpiece of EU’s safety communication system is the free EU Safety Shield app and the mass-notification system that alerts student, faculty, staff, family and friends of any emergency or weather-related events. For more information about EU Safety Shield, click here.
“We are all intertwined and rely on each other to maintain a safe environment,” said Vincent, a 29-year veteran of the police force and EU chief since 2015. “We do this by being a resource for each other.”
An urban center with a small-town atmosphere, the Home Rule Borough of Edinboro was first settled in 1801 by William Culbertson. Known for attractions and businesses around Edinboro Lake, the borough brings thousands of visitors to the region throughout the year – especially in the summer.
The Edinboro Police Department launched the official Neighborhood Watch Program for volunteers to help maintain the safety of all borough residents. For information about joining the watch committee, visit the Edinboro Police Department website or call (814) 734-1712.