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Investigator(s): Home Office Research and Planning Unit, University of Essex

The primary purpose of the British Crime Survey is to estimate how many of the public in England and Wales are victims of selected types of crime over a year, describing the circumstances under which people become victims, and the consequences of crime for victims. Other aims include providing background information on fear of crime among the public and on public contact with the police. Respondents are asked a series of screening questions to establish whether they or their households had been victims of relevant crimes during the one-year reference period. They are then asked a series of very detailed questions about the incidents they reported. Basic descriptive background information on respondents and their households is collected to allow analysis of the sorts of people who do and do not become victims. Information is also collected on other areas that are of intrinsic interest and that could usefully be related to experience as a victim, namely, fear of crime, contact with the police, lifestyle, and self-reported offending.

Years Produced: Approximately every 4 years

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Most Recent Publications

2011
Kautt, Paula M. Ethnicity and the British Crime Survey: Issues, obstacles and solutions. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 50, (3), 275-288.
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2005
Farrington, David P.,  Jolliffe, Darrick . Crime and Justice in England and Wales, 1981-1999. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research. Crime and Punishment in Western Countries, 1980-1999. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
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2005
Smith, David J. Crime and punishment in Scotland, 1980-1999. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research. Crime and Punishment in Western Countries, 1980-1999. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
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2003
Lowenkamp, Christopher T.,  Cullen, Francis T.,  Pratt, Travis C. Replicating Sampson and Groves's test of social disorganization theory: A criminological classic. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 40, (4), 351-373.
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2002
Tseloni, Andromachi,  Osborn, Denise R.,  Trickett, Alan,  Pease, Ken . Modelling property crime using the British Crime Survey. British Journal of Criminology. 42, (1), 109-128.
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2001
Budd, Tracey . Violence at Work: New Findings from the 2000 British Crime Survey. London: United Kingdom Home Office, Health and Safety Executive.
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2001
Hope, Tim,  Bryan, Jane,  Trickett, Alan . The phenomena of multiple victimization: The relationship between personal and property crime risk. British Journal of Criminology. 41, (4), 595-617.
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2001
Markowitz, Fred E.,  Bellair, Paul E.,  Liska, Allen E.,  Liu, Jianhong . Extending social disorganization theory: Modeling the relationships between cohesion, disorder, and fear. Criminology. 39, (2), 293-320.
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2001
Walby, Sylvia,  Myhill, Andrew . New survey methodologies in researching violence against women. British Journal of Criminology. 41, (3), 502-522.
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2000
Pantazis, Christina . 'Fear of crime', vulnerability and poverty: Evidence from the British Crime Survey. British Journal of Criminology. 40, (3), 414-436.
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