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Preprimary, Elementary, and Secondary Education

Students’ Reports of Safety and Security Measures Observed at School

(Last Updated: May 2021)
This indicator also appears under School Crime and Safety.

In 2019, about 86 percent of students ages 12–18 reported observing one or more security cameras to monitor their school, and 75 percent of students reported the presence of security guards or assigned police officers.

In the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, students ages 12–18 were asked whether their schools used certain safety and security measures.1 Students were asked about metal detectors, locker checks, security cameras, security guards or assigned police officers, other adults supervising the hallway, a requirement that students wear badges or picture identification, a written code of student conduct, locked entrance or exit doors during the day, and a requirement that visitors sign in and wear visitor badges or stickers. In 2019, more than 99 percent of students ages 12–18 reported that they observed the use of at least one of the selected safety and security measures at their schools.

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Figure 1. Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported various safety and security measures at school: 2009 and 2019
Figure 1. Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported various safety and security measures at school: 2009 and 2019

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1 Prior to 2015, the question asked simply whether the school had “A requirement that visitors sign in.” As of 2015, the question has also included the requirement that visitors wear badges or stickers. Data for 2009 have been omitted because the change in questionnaire wording may affect comparability of the data over time.

NOTE: “At school” includes in the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and going to and from school.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2009 and 2019. See Digest of Education Statistics 2020, table 233.80.


1 This indicator relies on student reports of safety and security measures and provides estimates based on students’ awareness of the measure rather than on documented practice. See Safety and Security Practices at Public Schools for a summary of the use of various safety and security measures as reported by schools.

Supplemental Information

Table 233.80 (Digest 2020): Percentage of students ages 12-18 who reported various security measures at school: Selected years, 1999 through 2019
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Previous versions of this indicator available in the Indicators of School Crime and Safety reports.
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