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Table 229.10. Percentage of public schools recording incidents of crime at school and reporting incidents to police, number of incidents, and rate per 1,000 students, by type of crime: Selected years, 1999–2000 through 2009–10
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Type of crime recorded or reported to police Percent of schools 2009–10
1999–2000 2003–04 2005–06 2007–08 Percent
of schools
Number
of incidents
Rate per
1,000 students
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Recorded incidents                                  
Total 86.4   (1.23) 88.5 (0.85) 85.7 (1.07) 85.5   (0.87) 85.0 (1.07) 1,876,900   (50,900) 39.6 (1.04)
                                   
Violent incidents 71.4   (1.37) 81.4 (1.05) 77.7 (1.11) 75.5   (1.09) 73.8 (1.07) 1,183,700   (44,390) 25.0 (0.91)
Serious violent incidents 19.7   (0.98) 18.3 (0.99) 17.1 (0.91) 17.2   (1.06) 16.4 (0.94) 52,500   (5,510) 1.1 (0.12)
Rape or attempted rape 0.7   (0.10) 0.8 (0.17) 0.3 (0.07) 0.8   (0.17) 0.5 (0.10) 600   (120) # (†)
Sexual battery other than rape 2.5   (0.33) 3.0 (0.32) 2.8 (0.24) 2.5   (0.33) 2.3 (0.34) 3,600   (640) 0.1 (0.01)
Physical attack or fight with a weapon 5.2   (0.60) 4.0 (0.46) 3.0 (0.38) 3.0   (0.33) 3.9 (0.48) 14,300   (3,560) 0.3 (0.08)
Threat of physical attack with a weapon 11.1   (0.70) 8.6 (0.71) 8.8 (0.66) 9.3   (0.77) 7.7 (0.72) 19,200   (2,910) 0.4 (0.06)
Robbery with a weapon 0.5 ! (0.15) 0.6 (0.15) 0.4 (0.12) 0.4 ! (0.14) 0.2 (0.05) 400 ! (160) # (†)
Robbery without a weapon 5.3   (0.56) 6.3 (0.60) 6.4 (0.59) 5.2   (0.56) 4.4 (0.49) 14,300   (1,930) 0.3 (0.04)
Physical attack or fight without a weapon 63.7   (1.52) 76.7 (1.21) 74.3 (1.20) 72.7   (1.07) 70.5 (1.11) 725,300   (27,810) 15.3 (0.58)
Threat of physical attack without a weapon 52.2   (1.47) 53.0 (1.34) 52.2 (1.27) 47.8   (1.19) 46.4 (1.33) 405,900   (22,990) 8.6 (0.47)
                                   
Theft1 45.6   (1.37) 46.0 (1.29) 46.0 (1.07) 47.3   (1.29) 44.1 (1.31) 258,500   (8,570) 5.5 (0.18)
                                   
Other incidents2 72.7   (1.30) 64.0 (1.27) 68.2 (1.07) 67.4   (1.13) 68.1 (1.12) 434,700   (11,100) 9.2 (0.23)
Possession of a firearm/explosive device 5.5   (0.44) 6.1 (0.49) 7.2 (0.60) 4.7   (0.38) 4.7 (0.52) 5,000   (550) 0.1 (0.01)
Possession of a knife or sharp object 42.6   (1.28) (†) 42.8 (1.23) 40.6   (1.10) 39.7 (1.06) 72,300   (2,560) 1.5 (0.05)
Distribution of illegal drugs3  12.3   (0.50) 12.9 (0.55) (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†)
Possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs3  26.6   (0.72) 29.3 (0.87) (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†)
Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs4    (†) (†) 25.9 (0.68) 23.2   (0.68) 24.6 (0.57) 115,900   (4,690) 2.4 (0.10)
Inappropriate distribution, possession, or use                                  
of prescription drugs5   (†) (†) (†)   (†) 12.1 (0.47) 29,300   (1,880) 0.6 (0.04)
Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol4    (†) (†) 16.2 (0.68) 14.9   (0.57) 14.1 (0.50) 40,700   (1,790) 0.9 (0.04)
Sexual harassment 36.3   (1.26) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†)
Vandalism 51.4   (1.61) 51.4 (1.17) 50.5 (1.17) 49.3   (1.16) 45.8 (1.12) 171,500   (7,260) 3.6 (0.15)
                                   
Reported incidents to police                                  
Total 62.5   (1.37) 65.2 (1.35) 60.9 (1.15) 62.0   (1.24) 60.0 (1.58) 689,100   (19,240) 14.6 (0.41)
                                   
Violent incidents 36.0   (1.26) 43.6 (1.15) 37.7 (1.09) 37.8   (1.16) 39.9 (1.13) 303,900   (13,310) 6.4 (0.28)
Serious violent incidents 14.8   (0.82) 13.3 (0.88) 12.6 (0.70) 12.6   (0.86) 10.4 (0.62) 23,500   (2,320) 0.5 (0.05)
Rape or attempted rape 0.6   (0.10) 0.8 (0.17) 0.3 (0.07) 0.8   (0.17) 0.5 (0.10) 500   (120) # (†)
Sexual battery other than rape 2.3   (0.34) 2.6 (0.28) 2.6 (0.26) 2.1   (0.29) 1.4 (0.20) 2,200   (360) # (†)
Physical attack or fight with a weapon 3.9   (0.50) 2.8 (0.38) 2.2 (0.27) 2.1   (0.27) 2.2 (0.32) 4,400   (1,140) 0.1 (0.02)
Threat of physical attack with a weapon 8.5   (0.59) 6.0 (0.55) 5.9 (0.49) 5.7   (0.59) 4.5 (0.43) 7,400   (960) 0.2 (0.02)
Robbery with a weapon 0.3 ! (0.09) 0.6 (0.15) 0.4 (0.12) 0.4 ! (0.14) 0.2 (0.05) 400 ! (160) # (†)
Robbery without a weapon 3.4   (0.41) 4.2 (0.51) 4.9 (0.48) 4.1   (0.42) 3.5 (0.40) 8,500   (1,190) 0.2 (0.03)
Physical attack or fight without a weapon 25.8   (0.91) 35.6 (0.98) 29.2 (1.00) 28.2   (0.90) 34.3 (0.90) 194,200   (11,810) 4.1 (0.25)
Threat of physical attack without a weapon 18.9   (0.94) 21.0 (0.82) 19.7 (0.69) 19.5   (0.76) 15.2 (0.79) 86,200   (4,940) 1.8 (0.11)
                                   
Theft1 28.5   (1.04) 30.5 (1.17) 27.9 (0.97) 31.0   (1.12) 25.4 (1.01) 122,800   (4,180) 2.6 (0.09)
                                   
Other incidents2 52.0   (1.14) 50.0 (1.18) 50.6 (1.00) 48.7   (1.17) 46.3 (1.23) 262,400   (8,260) 5.5 (0.17)
Possession of a firearm/explosive device 4.5   (0.41) 4.9 (0.44) 5.5 (0.51) 3.6   (0.32) 3.1 (0.39) 3,400   (470) 0.1 (0.01)
Possession of a knife or sharp object 23.0   (0.84) (†) 25.0 (1.00) 23.3   (0.69) 20.0 (0.88) 37,400   (2,020) 0.8 (0.04)
Distribution of illegal drugs3  11.4   (0.48) 12.4 (0.57) (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†)
Possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs3  22.2   (0.67) 26.0 (0.76) (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†)
Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs4    (†) (†) 22.8 (0.62) 20.7   (0.60) 21.4 (0.57) 94,200   (3,520) 2.0 (0.07)
Inappropriate distribution, possession, or use                                  
of prescription drugs5   (†) (†) (†)   (†) 9.6 (0.42) 24,900   (1,860) 0.5 (0.04)
Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol4    (†) (†) 11.6 (0.61) 10.6   (0.55) 10.0 (0.41) 28,000   (1,460) 0.6 (0.03)
Sexual harassment 14.7   (0.78) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†)
Vandalism 32.7   (1.10) 34.3 (1.06) 31.9 (1.02) 30.8   (1.18) 26.8 (1.09) 74,500   (4,310) 1.6 (0.09)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
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." This includes 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 motor vehicle parts or accessories, theft of a bicycle, theft from a vending machine, and all other types of thefts.
2 Caution should be used when making direct comparisons of "Other incidents" between years because the survey questions about alcohol and drugs changed, as outlined in footnotes 3, 4, and 5.
3 The survey items "Distribution of illegal drugs" and "Possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs" appear only on the 1999-2000 and 2003-04 questionnaires. Different alcohol- and drug-related survey items were used on the questionnaires for later years.
4 The survey items "Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs" and "Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol" appear only on the questionnaires for 2005-06 and later years.
5 The 2009-10 questionnaire was the first to include the survey item "Inappropriate distribution, possession, or use of prescription drugs."
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. "At school" was defined 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, and after normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because schools that recorded or reported more than one type of crime incident were counted only once in the total percentage of schools recording or reporting incidents.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, and 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. (This table was prepared September 2013.)

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