Percentage of public schools experiencing and reporting incidents of crime that occurred at school and the rate per 1,000 students, by type of crime: School year 2005-06
1 Violent incidents include rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than
rape, physical attack or fight with or without a weapon, threat of physical
attack with or without a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon.
Serious violent incidents are a subset of violent incidents.
2 Serious violent incidents include rape or attempted rape, sexual battery
other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical
attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon. Serious
violent incidents are a subset of violent incidents.
3 Theft/larceny (taking things worth over $10 without personal confrontation)
was defined for respondents as "the unlawful taking of another person's
property without personal confrontation, threat, violence, or bodily harm.
Included are pocket picking, stealing a purse or backpack (if left unattended
or no force was used to take it from owner), theft from a building, theft from
a motor vehicle or of motor vehicle parts or accessories, theft of bicycles,
theft from vending machines, and all other types of thefts."
4 Other incidents include possession of a firearm or explosive device,
possession of a knife or sharp object, distribution, possession, or use of
illegal drugs or alcohol, and vandalism.
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most
knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. "At school" was
defined for respondents to include activities that happen in school buildings,
on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold schoolsponsored
events or activities. Respondents were instructed to respond
only for those times that were during normal school hours or when school
activities or events were in session, unless the survey specified otherwise.
Population size is 83,200 public schools.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education
Statistics, 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2006.