BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - How safe is the LSU campus? The Business Insider's national survey puts it as the tenth most dangerous in the nation.
Business Insider grades colleges around the nation based on the number of crimes that happen on or near campus. LSU police reported 519 crimes between 2008 and 2011, but Captain Cory Lalonde says those numbers can be somewhat misleading.
"465 of those were involving theft of property. So that accounts for about 90 percent of those incidences were theft related. The other 10 percent were incidents of robbery or assault," said Lalonde.
At the same time, Lalonde says small percentage of violent crime should not give students faculty and staff a false sense of security.
"We are not immune to crime here on this campus," said Lalonde. "There are many number of ways for vehicles to enter and exit campus as well and that much more for pedestrians to enter and exit campus."
Some students tell 9News they generally feel safe going to and from class.
"There's cops always driving around that makes you feel really safe, and then for the most part, I feel like they do a good job trying to keep things under control. I mean you can't protect everybody, but I think they do a really good job," said LSU freshman Samantha Geautreaux.
But they say they do understand they need to be vigilant.
"I'm always aware of my surroundings, and just be careful. I carry around pepper spray so just in case," LSU senior Mecal Morris.
"As long as you get like into routine and you can ...If you notice things that are out of the blue or out of the ordinary, you can be more aware and try to avoid those situations," said LSU junior Trevor Moll.
Lalonde encourages everyone on campus to stay informed about what's happening day and night.
"We want people to know exactly what's going on this campus. The public's awareness is probably the best tool that we have to combat these types of incidences for happening," said Lalonde.
Lalonde says another reason for the high number of crimes may be that more people are reporting things they see to police.