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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007
NCES 2008-021
December 2007

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Table 6.1.

Percentage of public schools experiencing and reporting incidents of crime that occurred at school, number of incidents, and the rate per 1,000 students, by type of crime: Various school years, 1999-2000, 2003-04, and 2005-06


  Experienced various types of crime   Reported to police
  1999–2000 2003–04 2005–06   1999–2000 2003–04 2005–06
Type of crime Percent
of
schools
Percent
of
schools
Percent
of
schools
Number
of
incidents
Rate
per 1,000
students
  Percent
of
schools
Percent
of
schools
Percent
of
schools
Number
of
incidents
Rate
per 1,000
students
                       
Total 86.4 88.5 85.7 2,191,000 45.8   62.5 65.2 60.9 763,000 16.0
                       
Violent incidents 71.4 81.4 77.7 1,489,400 31.2   36.0 43.6 37.7 353,600 7.4
Physical attack or fight without a weapon 63.7 76.7 74.3 897,700 18.8   25.8 35.6 29.2 205,400 4.3
Threat of physical attack without a weapon 52.2 53.0 52.2 532,600 11.1   18.9 21.0 19.7 116,500 2.4
Serious violent incidents 19.7 18.3 17.1 59,100 1.2   14.8 13.3 12.6 31,700 0.7
Rape or attempted rape 0.7 0.8 0.3 300 #   0.6 0.8 0.3 300 #
Sexual battery other than rape 2.5 3.0 2.8 4,200 0.1   2.3 2.6 2.6 3,800 0.1
Physical attack or fight with a weapon 5.2 4.0 3.0 7,000 0.1   3.9 2.8 2.2 3,600 0.1
Threat of physical attack with a weapon 11.1 8.6 8.8 24,800 0.5   8.5 6.0 5.9 9,800 0.2
Robbery with a weapon 0.5! 0.6 0.4 600! #   0.3! 0.6 0.4 600! #
Robbery without a weapon 5.3 6.3 6.4 22,100 0.5   3.4 4.2 4.9 13,600 0.3
                       
Theft1 45.6 46.0 46.0 242,700 5.1   28.5 30.5 27.9 119,400 2.5
                       
Other incidents 72.7 64.0 68.2 458,900 9.6   52.0 50.0 50.6 290,000 6.1
Possess firearm/explosive device 5.5 6.1 7.2 12,300 0.3   4.5 4.9 5.5 10,100 0.2
Possess knife or sharp object2 42.6 15.9 42.8 90,000 1.9   23.0 12.1 25.0 54,500 1.1
Distribution of illegal drugs 12.3 12.9   11.4 12.4
Possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs 26.6 29.3   22.2 26.0
Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs 25.9 117,000 2.4   22.8 100,500 2.1
Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol 16.2 46,800 1.0   11.6 33,600 0.7
Sexual harassment 36.3   14.7
Vandalism 51.4 51.4 50.5 192,800 4.0   32.7 34.3 31.9 91,400 1.9
— Not available.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 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."
2 The questionnaire wording for possession of a knife or sharp object differed between survey administrations. In 1999–2000 and 2005–06, the question asked about possession of a knife or sharp object. In 2003–04, the question was changed to refer to possession of a knife or sharp object with intent to harm.
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 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 of public schools is 82,000 in 1999– 2000, 80,500 in 2003–04, and 83,200 in 2005–06. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Estimates of number of incidents and schools are rounded to the nearest 100.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1999–2000, 2003–04, and 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000, 2004, and 2006.
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