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Table 3.  Percentage of students ages 12–18 reporting the use of selected security measures taken by school administrators to secure school buildings during the previous 6 months, by selected student and school characteristics: 2003


    Locker checks   Metal detectors   Security cameras   Locked entrance or exit doors during the day
Student or school characteristic   Yes   No     Yes   No     Yes   No     Yes   No  
Total    53.3   39.7     10.2   85.2     48.1   36.6     53.0   41.0  
                                         
Sex                                         
Male    53.6   39.0     9.8   85.6     49.4   36.4     52.8   41.6  
Female    53.0   40.4     10.5   84.8     46.6   36.9     53.2   40.3  
                                         
Race/ethnicity1                                         
White, non-Hispanic    57.1   35.9     5.3   90.9     48.0   37.4     52.8   41.3  
Black, non-Hispanic    51.5   43.2     22.7   73.2     57.2   29.8     53.4   40.4  
Hispanic    43.1   48.9     18.0   74.3     43.7   37.0     54.2   40.0  
Other, non-Hispanic    48.3   43.0     7.1   87.8     38.7   44.6     50.6   41.8  
                                         
Grade                                         
6th    40.4   51.5     6.4   86.8     37.6   44.0     53.7   39.9  
7th    51.1   42.2     7.1   85.8     39.4   39.7     54.3   37.6  
8th    52.8   41.1     8.9   86.1     40.4   43.9     54.5   39.2  
9th    56.4   35.0     11.8   84.6     52.9   32.4     50.4   42.2  
10th    55.9   38.3     11.9   85.0     55.2   32.2     51.3   43.1  
11th    54.8   37.2     12.6   83.6     54.7   32.1     53.6   42.1  
12th    57.2   36.5     11.6   85.0     54.4   33.6     53.3   42.9  
                                         
Household income                                         
Less than $7,500    51.2   40.0     21.9   72.6     46.6   36.4     54.9   37.1  
$7,500–14,999    51.2   44.6     17.6   74.5     50.7   33.8     50.3   42.8  
$15,000–24,999    51.4   40.7     14.9   80.2     51.0   34.5     49.9   44.2  
$25,000–34,999    58.4   33.3     11.9   82.4     43.8   39.2     51.4   42.2  
$35,000–49,999    55.5   38.4     10.5   84.3     50.5   33.6     54.1   39.7  
$50,000 or more    51.9   41.1     5.2   91.7     47.3   38.7     53.8   41.2  
                                         
Urbanicity2                                         
Urban    45.7   46.4     18.9   75.3     48.3   33.5     56.8   36.9  
Suburban    52.9   39.9     5.9   89.7     48.7   36.2     54.2   39.6  
Rural    66.8   28.0     9.1   87.3     45.9   43.0     43.0   51.8  
                   
Self-report of grades at school3                                         
Mostly A's    53.6   39.8     7.6   88.6     49.1   36.5     55.9   38.2  
Mostly B's    52.7   40.6     11.3   83.8     47.8   37.1     53.6   40.3  
Mostly C's    54.7   37.1     12.0   82.8     47.8   35.0     47.4   46.2  
Mostly D's    50.7   42.3     9.2   87.6     50.1   37.2     55.3   40.9  
Mostly F's    64.7   30.9     11.1 ! 88.9     52.4   39.3     46.9   49.7  
                                         
Student report of violent 
victimization at school4 
                                       
Yes   51.3   43.2     12.0   85.7     52.6   34.7     50.3   44.4  
No   53.3   39.6     10.1   85.2     48.0   36.6     53.0   40.9  
                                         
Student report of theft 
victimization at school4 
                                       
Yes   47.4   42.8     8.6   88.5     51.0   33.2     54.2   41.6  
No   53.6   39.5     10.2   85.1     48.0   36.8     53.0   40.9  
                                         
Sector                                         
Public    54.7   38.3     10.8   84.3     49.3   35.0     52.7   41.0  
Private    38.6   55.2     3.1   94.7     35.1   53.6     56.2   40.7  
! Interpret data with caution.
1 "Other, non-Hispanic" includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians (including Alaska Natives). Beginning in 2003, students were given the option of identifying themselves as more than one race. Non-Hispanic students who identified themselves as more than one race in 2003 (1 percent of all respondents) were included in the "other, non-Hispanic" category. Respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin were classified as Hispanic, regardless of their race.
2 Urbanicity refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent's household as defined in 1990 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
3 Students who responded that their schools did not give grades or there was no alphabetical equivalent are not reported.
4 Victimization data are taken from the National Crime Victimization Survey Incident Report.
NOTE: "Violent" victimization includes serious violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assault. "At school" includes inside the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and on the way to and from school. Population size for students ages 12–18 was 25,684,000 in 2003. Detail may not sum to 100 percent because of "don't know" responses or rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2003.


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