School victims and crime reporting

Author(s) Watkins, Adam M., and Michael O. Maume
Title School victims and crime reporting   
Source Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp 333-351
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The researchers undertook a survey of public schools in the United States in order to examine whether criminal conduct occurring within those schools is reported to police, and whether reports accurately reflect the levels of criminal conduct occurring in the school system.   The researchers considered whether there was a particular threshold of conduct at which victims were willing to report, whether victims successfully employed other strategies such as avoidant behaviour to limit potential victimisation, or whether they used alternative means of reporting, such as seeking assistance instead from the school faculty or security staff.   They also considered whether the very presence of school security staff, popular since the early 1990s, is a deterrent to the reporting of criminal conduct and whether this impacted the likelihood that the matter would be reported to police.
Keywords Children; youth; school; school crime; school security; reporting