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The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) obtains yearly data about the violent crimes of rape/sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated or simple assault as well as personal theft.  The survey also measures property crimes including household burglary, motor vehicle theft and property theft.  NCVS asks several questions about school crime, which provide yearly information about crimes occurring at school or while travelling to or from school.  In addition, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Department of Education sponsor a School Crime Supplement every two years.  This supplement asks crime victims ages 12 through 18 about crimes that occurred at school and other characteristics of school crime.  The most recent supplement was administered in 2011.

A yearly report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety is published jointly by BJS and NCES.  This report updates a number of indicators using the most recent data available on topics such as violent deaths at school, nonfatal student and teacher victimization, school environment, weapon use at school, fear and avoidance, and school safety. BJS provides information on nonfatal student and teacher victimization using NCVS data. 

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014 Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals.
  Summary (PDF 172K) | Full Report (PDF 3.2M) | Tables (available at NCES) (Other)
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2013 Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals.
  PDF (5M) | Tables (available at NCES)
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2012 Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. This annual report, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), provides the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools.
  PDF (1.7M) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 352K)
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Methods for Counting High-Frequency Repeat Victimizations in the National Crime Victimization Survey Examines the nature and extent of series victimization in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  PDF (2.39M) | ASCII file (101K) | Spreadsheets (Zip format 40K)

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2011 Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals.
  PDF (2.35M) | ASCII file (132K) | Spreadsheets (Zip format 337K)
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010 (Revised) Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school.
  PDF (3.8MB) | ASCII file (357K) | Spreadsheets (Zip format 375K)
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009 Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school.
  Acrobat file (PDF 2M) | ASCII file (204K) | Zip format (124K)
Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2008 Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population. A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school.
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Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2007 "School crime rates stable -- Children 50 times more likely to be murdered away from school than at school"
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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2006 "Serious violent crime at school continues to fall"
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