The crime rate in Ohio State University's University District has decreased by 39% since August 27, according to a statement made by President Kristina Johnson. The university implemented increased security measures in the area last month in order to fight off-campus crime.
The security measures put in place on August 27 included adding light towers and cameras along pedestrian pathways and an increased city and campus police presence. Ohio State officials met with Columbus Chief of Police Elaine Bryant to discuss the security collaboration.
In the almost three weeks since the measures took hold, the university has seen a decrease in the off-campus crime rate. In her August statement to the campus community, Johnson also highlighted the need for long-term solutions addressing underlying causes of crime in the community.