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Publication Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2004

Jill F. DeVoe, Education Statistics Services Institute, Katharin Peter, Phillip Kaufman, MPR Associates, Amanda K. Miller, Margaret E. Noonan, Education Statistics Services Institute, Thomas D. Snyder, National Center for Education Statistics, Katrina Baum, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

November 29, 2004    NCJ 205290

Presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population. A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school. It provides the most current detailed statistical information to inform the Nation on the nature of crime in schools.

Information was gathered from an array of sources including:
- National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-2002)
- School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (1995, 1999, and 2001)
- Youth Risk Behavior Survey (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003)
- School Survey on Crime and Safety (2000)
- School and Staffing Survey (1993-94 and 1999-2000).


  • Students age 12-18 were victims of about 309,000 serious violent crimes away from school, compared with about 88,000 at school.
  • Between 1993 and 2003, the percentage of students in grades 9-12 who reported being in a fight anywhere declined from 42 percent to 33 percent.
  • In 2003, 5 percent of students ages 12-18 reported being victims of nonfatal crimes, 4 percent reported being victims of theft, and 1 percent reported being victims of violent incidents.

Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Press Release
ASCII file (34K)
Spreadsheet (Zip format 121K)
Full Report (PDF 906K)
Executive Summary (PDF 194K)
Indicators 1-19 (PDF 394K)
Supplemental tables (PDF 228K)
Standard error tables (PDF 198K)
Appendices (PDF 135K)
Codebooks and Datasets

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