FBI numbers show there were 17 violent crimes committed on campus and more than 500 property crimes.
School officials say the numbers do the campus a disservice and security is airtight.
Still, some students KMPH News spoke with take precautions every time they step on campus.
"I avoid night classes, for one. That's the main thing. If I do have a lab or something, I walk with a buddy. I don't walk alone, and I try to park as close as possible and under a lighted area," said Fresno State student Sharon McPherson.
Fresno State has also issued a mobile app, which presents them with an emergency button to push if they feel they're in danger.
Fresno State's full statement on campus safety:
Campus safety is of utmost concern at Fresno State. Our proactive law enforcement program focuses on the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors and does a commendable job.
This report does not present an accurate picture of our campus because it includes Fresno State Police Department interactions with surrounding areas. Our police officers take reports of crimes committed not only on university-owned and operated properties, but also crimes committed in neighboring off-campus areas where Fresno State police have concurrent jurisdiction with other law enforcement agencies.
We recommend you consider a response to the article by Robin Hattersley Gray, executive editor of Campus Safety Magazine, who is "extremely concerned" about how colleges are portrayed. Gray said, in part:
"Usually, when people who are not familiar with law enforcement review crime statistics, they assume that the institutions with the greater number of incidents reported are less safe than the institutions that have a lower number of crimes reported. They don't understand that when crime stats are higher, it often means the campus in question is realistically dealing with its crime problem and is dedicated to transparency. In essence, more reports of crime very often mean members of the campus community are better informed about threats to their safety. When they know about a crime wave or incident, they are more likely to take the steps necessary to protect themselves. If they are confident that their reports of incidents will be taken seriously, they will more likely come forward and make a report."
The conclusion by Business Insider that Fresno State is dangerous is simply inflammatory and unfounded.
Fresno police are investigating an early morning fatal stabbing in the Tower District. The incident was reported just after 1 a.m. in area of Wishon and Hedges avenues, police said. Police have shut downMore >>
Fresno police are investigating an early morning fatal stabbing in the Tower District.More >>
A man who barricaded himself in a house for several hours on Friday morning after a standoff with police surrendered peacefully. The standoff began around 1:15 a.m. when police received a call from aMore >>
Clovis police have surrounded a home Friday morning where a man sought for domestic violence is holed up.More >>
With less than 2 weeks to go until the special election that will decide on who will pick up your trash, a private company or a Fresno city employee. Those for and against Fresno's Measure G attendedMore >>
With less than 2 weeks to go until the special election that will decide on who will pick up your trash, a private company or a Fresno city employee.
Those for and against Fresno's Measure G attended a special round table discussion at our KMPH News studios.More >>