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Indicators of School Crime Safety: 2015

Release Date: May 12, 2016

Crime at schools has decreased overall, according to an annual report prepared jointly by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, which examines crime occurring in schools and colleges. The 2015 report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources - the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the Schools and Staffing Survey, EDFacts, and the Campus Safety and Security Survey. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at post-secondary institutions. The 2015 report shows an overall decrease in crime at schools in the country.

There were significant decreases in instances of bullying, harassment because of sexual orientation and violent crime at all levels of education, although some cautioned the apparent progress is not enough. “Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning, free of crime or violence,” the report’s authors state. “Any instance of crime or violence at school not only affects the individuals involved, but also may disrupt the educational process and affect bystanders, the school itself and the surrounding community.”

The reported reduction in crime could be the result of added school security measures, like surveillance cameras (three quarters of schools reported using cameras in the 2013-2014 school year). “School administrators are a lot more proactive about security than they were a decade ago,” Ken Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services says.

Some other findings in the report are listed below:

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015 is organized into sections that delineate specific concerns to readers, starting with a description of the most serious violent crimes. The sections cover violent deaths; nonfatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal substances; fear and avoidance; discipline, safety, and security measures; and campus safety and security. This year’s report also includes a spotlight section on topics related to student suspension and expulsion and juvenile offenders in residential placement facilities that house such offenders. Each section contains a set of indicators that, taken together, aim to describe a distinct aspect of school crime and safety. Where available, data on crimes that occur outside of school grounds are offered as a point of comparison. Supplemental tables for each indicator provide more detailed breakouts and standard errors for estimates. A reference section and a glossary of terms appear at the end of the report.

The complete report is available at http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016079.pdf.

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