Percentage of public schools experiencing and reporting incidents of crime that occurred at school, by type of crime and school level: 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 also included in 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.
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: Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade
is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade
8. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not
lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. High
schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower
than grade 9. Combined schools include all other combinations of grades,
including K–12 schools. 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 school-sponsored 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.