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Using IBM SPSS Predictive Analytics to Gain University Campus Security Analysis

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U.S. News recently published the 2015 Best College rankings which includes the latest rankings for all US colleges and universities. However, if you pay attention to the details, one thing may surprise you – crime data, or more precisely campus security, were not factored into the Best Colleges rankings methodology.

According to a new report released by NCES (the National Center for Education Statistics), in year 2013 to 2014, 65 percent of U.S. public schools have reported at least one violent incident. (Emma Brown, The Washington Post)

When sending children away to colleges or universities, safety on and near campuses should be a major concern for parents. They want to ensure the children are surrounded by a safe environment. But there are certain reasons to be concerned – the following charts show the frequency of theft and robbery crimes at colleges during 2007 to 2009:



(Data collected from US Department of Education)

Using IBM SPSS modeler, Cresco International can help higher education institutions more efficiently address campus crime issues. Pulling together a model of students’ demographic information, routine activity information (involvement and attendance of events on campus), prior experience with victimization, and campus crime history, you view a predictive analysis of campus crime.


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With SPPS, we are able to learn where and when dangerous or criminal activities are most likely to occur on campus. Now instead of taking actions after crimes happen, the security departments on campuses have the capability to assess which events are more likely to escalate into crime.

Contact us to learn more how we can help improve campus crime prevention at your University, with predictive analytics.


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