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Publication Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2003

Jill F. DeVoe, Education Statistics Services Institute, Katharin Peter, Phillip Kaufman, MPR Associates, Sally A. Ruddy, Amanda K. Miller, Michael G. Planty, Ph.D., Education Statistics Services Institute, Thomas D. Snyder, National Center for Education Statistics, Michael R. Rand, Bureau of Justice Statistics

October 22, 2003    NCJ 201257

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, the 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 (1992-2001)
- School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (1995, 1999, and 2001)
- Youth Risk Behavior Survey (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001)
- School Survey on Crime and Safety (2000)
- School and Staffing Survey (1993-94 and 1999-2000).


  • Students age 12-18 were victims of about 1.2 million crimes of theft and 764,000 nonfatal crimes of violence or theft at school in 2001.
  • Data on homicides and suicides at school show there were 32 school-associated violent deaths in the United States between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000, including 24 homicides, 16 of which involved school-age children.
  • Between 1995 and 2001, the percentage of students who reported being victims of crime at school decreased from 10 percent to 6 percent.

Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

Press Release
ASCII file (150K)
Spreadsheet (Zip format 127K)
Full Report (PDF 825K)
Indicators 1-19 (PDF 374K)
Supplemental tables (PDF 224K)
Standard error tables (PDF 188K)
Appendices (PDF 173K)
Codebooks and Datasets

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