School safety has become a hot button issue in the news media. Here’s Chicago Locksmith’s brief guide to some of the safety statistics that define security in our nation’s schools, as reported through data gathered by the Journal of School Health, and the National Center for Education Statistics.
Metal detectors reduce the chances of weapons being carried within the school by 5.8 percent, and one being carried while heading to or leaving school by 7.5 percent.
When asked if security officers should search student with metal detectors, 40 percent of boys and 57 percent of girls said yes - in total, 49 percent of children surveyed.
Administrators estimated that violent crime was reduced by 32 percent, drug crime by 14 percent, with an overall crime reduction of 32 percent.
3 percent of students between 12 and 18 said they were scared of being attacked inside or on their way in and out of school during the school year, with the same amount of children mentioning having the same fear when school is out.
Between 85 and 89 percent of public schools reported crimes, with about 65 percent of those cases being reported to the police.
Vandalism was recorded as occurring between 46 and 49 percent of the time.
9 percent of teachers reported being threatened with violence by students.