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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008
NCES 2009-022
April 2009

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Table 6.2.

Percentage of public schools experiencing incidents of crime, number of incidents, and the rate of crimes per 1,000 students, by type of crime and selected school characteristics: School year 2005–06


School characteristic Total number of schools   Violent incidents1   Serious violent incidents2   Theft3   Other incidents4
Percent of schools Number of incidents Rate per 1,000 students Percent of schools Number of incidents   Rate per 1,000 students Percent of schools Number of incidents   Rate per 1,000 students Percent of schools Number of incidents Rate per 1,000 students
Total  83,200   77.7 1,489,400 31.2   17.1 59,100   1.2   46.0 242,700   5.1   68.2 458,900 9.6
                                       
School level5                                       
Primary  48,600   67.3 561,700 25.2   11.0 19,300 ! 0.9 ! 27.8 36,000   1.6   54.8 105,800 4.7
Middle  15,500   94.4 522,200 51.6   25.2 18,900   1.9   68.7 79,300   7.8   87.8 120,800 11.9
High school  11,700   95.2 313,500 25.7   31.8 17,500   1.4   85.6 105,500   8.7   93.6 192,000 15.7
Combined  7,400   83.5 92,000 29.2   17.4 3,500   1.1   54.9 21,900   7.0   75.0 40,400 12.8
                                       
Enrollment size                                       
Less than 300  20,800   63.7 148,400 34.5   11.4 12,000   2.8   29.6     53.2 52,800 12.3
300–499  23,800   77.3 325,000 34.0   11.7 6,800   0.7   37.2 31,600   3.3   63.4 63,600 6.7
500–999  29,300   82.1 609,700 30.9   19.2 21,100   1.1   52.1 89,800   4.5   74.2 151,800 7.7
1,000 or more  9,300   96.5 406,400 28.6   37.2 19,100   1.3   85.8 102,800   7.2   95.1 190,700 13.4
                                       
Urbanicity                                       
City  21,000   82.3 547,400 38.1   23.9 29,800   2.1   46.8 77,500   5.4   72.7 158,900 11.1
Urban fringe  27,600   78.2 524,700 27.1   15.9 16,800   0.9   46.9 89,800   4.6   69.9 162,000 8.4
Town  8,200   82.2 129,400 31.9   15.2 3,700   0.9   48.4 23,000   5.7   70.6 38,500 9.5
Rural  26,400   72.3 287,900 28.7   13.6 8,800   0.9   43.7 52,300   5.2   62.1 99,500 9.9
                                       
Percent minority enrollment6                                       
Less than 5 percent  16,600   71.6 174,000 26.9   13.1 5,700   0.9   42.8 31,100   4.8   62.4 55,300 8.6
5 percent to
less than 20 percent 
20,600   73.5 269,900 22.9   15.7 11,100   0.9   43.4 60,900   5.2   63.4 109,200 9.3
20 percent to
less than 50 percent 
18,600   79.7 326,200 28.4   16.6 15,700   1.4   47.9 63,300 ! 5.5 ! 71.5 109,700 9.6
50 percent or more  25,600   82.9 677,500 39.9   21.6 25,700   1.5   48.4 81,900   4.8   71.9 171,600 10.1
                                       
Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch 
20 percent or less  19,200   68.0 209,600 16.4   12.5 7,100   0.6   45.9 63,100   4.9   61.7 101,600 8.0
21–50 percent  27,600   79.7 501,700 30.1   19.2 16,400   1.0   52.5 97,100   5.8   72.3 168,900 10.1
50 percent or more  36,400   81.4 778,100 42.3   18.0 35,600   1.9   41.0 82,400   4.5   68.5 188,500 10.3
                                       
Student/teacher ratio7                                       
Less than 12  42,200   73.0 598,300 33.2   14.3 22,100   1.2   40.1 89,200   5.0   62.3 161,900 9.0
12–16  27,000   82.4 550,700 30.8   17.1 23,800   1.3   50.6 94,600   5.3   71.9 169,800 9.5
More than 16  14,000   83.0 340,400 28.6   25.8 13,200   1.1   54.9 58,900   4.9   78.8 127,300 10.7
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
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.
5 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.
6 These estimates exclude data from the 73 schools that did not report estimates of student race/ethnicity.
7 Student/teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers and aides. The total number of FTE teachers and aides is a combination of the full-time and part-time teachers and aides, including special education teachers and aides, with an adjustment for part-time status.
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 include incidents that occurred before, during, or after normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session. 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, 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2006.
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