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MATC Experiences Dramatic Reduction in Campus Crimes

Student Satisfaction with Safety and Security Increases

MILWAUKEE (March 30, 2012) - Milwaukee Area Technical College experienced a 64% reduction in crimes between 2007 and 2010 according to information that is contained in the college's annual Campus Security Report. The reduction is the result of several programs launched by the college's Department of Public Safety.

In 2007, 75 crimes were documented in reports required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The number of crimes on MATC campuses and surrounding the campuses dropped to 59 in 2008; 37 in 2009; and 27 in 2010. The Clery Act requires MATC to collect, classify and count crime reports and crime statistics for all MATC campuses and public property within or immediately adjacent to each of the four campuses.

"A number of proactive initiatives have led to the reduction of crime on our campuses," said MATC Public Safety Chief Brad Hines. "We have strengthened our relationships with local law enforcement agencies, participated in crime prevention training for our Public Safety staff, utilized an increased number of student public safety aides; developed Public Safety signage with contact information on all four campuses; and generally increased awareness about Public Safety services among our students, faculty and staff."

In related news, MATC student satisfaction with safety and security on campus improved dramatically according to results of a biennial survey of student opinions. The Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory recorded a +0.40 jump from 4.99 in 2010 to 5.39 in 2012 in the safety and security category. That was the largest improvement among the eight institutional areas about which students were polled.

"Everyone at MATC plays an important role in creating a safe campus environment," said Hines. "We have been very deliberate in our outreach to students to help educate them about the Public Safety services available to them and how they can help keep MATC safe."