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College crime

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What information do you have on college crime?

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In 2013, there were 27,600 criminal incidents against persons and property on campus at public and private 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions that were reported to police and security agencies, representing an 8 percent decrease from 2012 (29,800). The number of on-campus crimes per 10,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) students also decreased, from 19.8 in 2012 to 18.4 in 2013.

Among the various types of on-campus crimes reported in 2013, there were 15,500 burglaries, constituting 56 percent of all criminal incidents. Other commonly reported crimes included forcible sex offenses (5,000 incidents, or 18 percent of crimes) and motor vehicle theft (3,000 incidents, or 11 percent of crimes). In addition, 2,100 aggravated assaults and 1,300 robberies were reported. These estimates translate to 10.3 burglaries, 3.3 forcible sex offenses, 2.0 motor vehicle thefts, 1.4 aggravated assaults, and 0.9 robberies per 10,000 FTE students.


Number of on-campus crimes reported and number per 10,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) students in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by selected type of crime: 2001 through 2013

The data in this figure is described in the surrounding text.

1 Includes other reported crimes not separately shown.
2 Unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or theft.
3 Theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
4 Any sexual act directed against another person forcibly and/or against that person's will.

NOTE: Data are for degree-granting institutions, which are institutions that grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Some institutions that report Clery Act data—specifically, non-degree-granting institutions and institutions outside of the 50 states and the District of Columbia—are excluded from this figure. Crimes include incidents involving students, staff, and on-campus guests. Excludes off-campus crimes even if they involve college students or staff. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015 (NCES 2016-079), Figure 22.1.


Looking at on-campus crime patterns over a longer period, the overall number of crimes reported between 2001 and 2013 decreased by 34 percent. Although the number of reported on-campus crimes increased by 7 percent between 2001 and 2006 (from 41,600 to 44,500), it decreased by 38 percent between 2006 and 2013 (from 44,500 to 27,600).

In 2013, there were 781 criminal incidents classified as hate crimes that occurred on the campuses of public and private 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions which were reported to police and security agencies. The most common type of hate crime reported by institutions was destruction, damage, and vandalism (364 incidents), followed by intimidation (295 incidents), simple assault (89 incidents), larceny (15 incidents), forcible sex offenses (7 incidents), aggravated assault (6 incidents), burglary (4 incidents), and robbery (1 incident). For several other types of on-campus crimes—namely, murder, negligent manslaughter, nonforcible sex offenses, motor vehicle theft, and arson—there were no incidents classified as hate crimes in 2013.

SOURCE:U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015 (NCES 2016-079), Indicator 22 and Indicator 23.

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