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Texas Tech among top 100 safest campuses nationwide, according to 10-year crime data

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Texas Tech University has been ranked as one of the top 100 most secure campuses in the nation, according to crime data from the last decade.

But Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath said Officer Floyd East Jr.'s tragic death in 2017 taught them a crucial lesson. 

"Unfortunately, everything that occurs is a reminder of how you need stay in front, you need to continue to train and be prepared. You can't ever get complacent with whatever is going on," Bonath said.

While Chief Bonath said this decade-long status of campus safety is important to recognize, the top priority always needs to be: What can we do better from a proactive standpoint?

"It's just a continued evaluation of where things are occurring in which areas. We evaluate the crime hotspots and then try to make sure we are combating the current trends of what's going on because criminals adapt just like we adapt. So if you don't stay ahead of them, they're going to get ahead of you," Bonath said.

This is why Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said the university has spent the last two years enhancing and adding any security measure they can to make sure they are ready for every scenario.

"We enlisted the support of the Department of Public Safety to do an extensive review of all matters that relate to safety -- how we lock down dorms, lighting, cameras, and such. So we increased the presence of cameras, we enhanced the way dorms can be secured, and also in light of these terrible, tragic shootings across the country, it also raises the concerns about the presence of an active shooter. So we've added more police in the last year," Schovanec said.

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