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Juveniles as Victims
School Crime Victimization
Q: What is the most common school crime?
A: Since 2012, violent crimes were more common than theft crimes in schools.
Note: Every 10 years, the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) sample is redesigned to reflect changes in the population. Due to the sample redesign and other methodological changes implemented in 2006, use caution when comparing 2006 estimates with other years. Due to a sample increase and redesign in 2016, victimization estimates among youth in 2016 were not comparable to estimates for other years.

Violence includes rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Theft includes purse-snatching, pickpocketing, and all attempted and completed thefts, with the exception of motor vehicle thefts.

"At school" includes in the school building, on school property, and on the way to or from school.

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  • Students ages 1218 were victims of an estimated 520,500 in-school violent crimes in 2019 nearly 7 of every 10 (69%) of all crimes in school.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02202.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on August 30, 2021.

Data Source: Adapted from Table 228.20: Number of nonfatal victimizations against students ages 1218 and rate of victimization per 1,000 students, by type of victimization, location, and year: 1992 through 2019. Available from: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d20/tables/dt20_228.20.asp.


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