Crimes in school soar past 30,000
Reports of crime in schools rose to more than 30,000 last year, equivalent to 160 allegations per school day, according to the BBC.
The numbers comes from data requested for 32 police forces across the UK as part of a Freedom of Information request by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.
In 2014, 30,394 crimes were reported at primaries, secondaries and further education institutions. There were 28,444 in 2013. Theft, burglary and robbery were the most prolific offences, with 13,003 reported.
The second most report offences were violent crimes with 9,319 allegations, followed by 4,106 investigations into damage or arson and 754 reported drug offences. Some 1,502 sex crimes were recorded by the 25 forces who gave data on this type of offence.
Superintendent Laurence Taylor of Sussex Police, regional policing lead for children and young people, said he believes it is key for police forces to have a continued footprint in schools.
"If we don't get it right with policing in schools, we miss opportunities to intervene at an early stage to prevent children's behavioural issues becoming more problematic in later life," he said.
"It is important we break down barriers between children and police, intervene early when problems do arise and support schools in pupils' education regarding issues such as online safety."
An NSPCC spokesman said: "The volume of sexual offences associated with school premises is worrying, but thankfully more and more victims of sexual abuse have the confidence to speak up, and there is a greater awareness of this crime than ever before."
A government spokesman added: "Crime and violent behaviour have no place in our schools. We have put teachers back in charge of the classroom. They can search pupils without consent, confiscate prohibited items and use reasonable force to remove disruptive pupils from the classroom when necessary.
"We know many good schools already work with the police and other organisations to educate pupils and protect them from harm and involvement in crime."
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