LSU ranked 10th most dangerous college campus - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

LSU ranked 10th most dangerous college campus

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Sports Persons of the Week: Jacqueline & Kimmie Rushford

    Sports Persons of the Week: Jacqueline & Kimmie Rushford

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:50:06 GMT
    Our Sports Persons of the Week are Deridder Track and Field stars Jacqueline and Kimmie Rushford. Jacq, a Northwestern State signee, placed 3rd in the 2000 meter steeple chase with a time of 7.51.16 at the USATF National Junior Olympics while her sister Kimmie finished 2nd in Pole Vaulting, jumping her best height of 12' 1.5".The Lady Dragon grad was also a 4 year letter winner and a 6-time district champion while the upcoming junior the the returning district champ in pole vaulting, long and...More >>
    Our Sports Persons of the Week are Deridder Track and Field stars Jacqueline and Kimmie Rushford. Jacq, a Northwestern State signee, placed 3rd in the 2000 meter steeple chase with a time of 7.51.16 at the USATF National Junior Olympics while her sister Kimmie finished 2nd in Pole Vaulting, jumping her best height of 12' 1.5".The Lady Dragon grad was also a 4 year letter winner and a 6-time district champion while the upcoming junior the the returning district champ in pole vaulting, long and...More >>
  • McNeese Baseball hosts All-Skills Youth Camp

    McNeese Baseball hosts All-Skills Youth Camp

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:46:31 GMT
    Head Coach Justin Hill wanted to gather young baseball players, get them out at Cowboy Diamond, and teach the basics of baseball. The kids got to learn from not only MSU coaches, but also from the players they look up to. Coach Hill says its really a chance to give back to the Cowboy faithful."I think it's a big thing. Our guys really like working these camps because they get a chance to interact with the fans a lot closer and they get to learn from the kids and the kids get to learn from the...More >>
    Head Coach Justin Hill wanted to gather young baseball players, get them out at Cowboy Diamond, and teach the basics of baseball. The kids got to learn from not only MSU coaches, but also from the players they look up to. Coach Hill says its really a chance to give back to the Cowboy faithful."I think it's a big thing. Our guys really like working these camps because they get a chance to interact with the fans a lot closer and they get to learn from the kids and the kids get to learn from the...More >>
  • Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:59:20 GMT
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
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.

Copyright 2012 WAFB. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow