British Crime Surveys, 1984 (ICPSR 8685)

Principal Investigator(s): Home Office (United Kingdom). Research and Planning Unit


In 1982 the Home Office conducted the first British Crime Survey, a major study with the aim of discovering levels of victimization in Britain, and of producing attitudinal data on issues relating to crime. The survey was repeated in 1984 and was restricted to England and Wales, whereas the previous study had included Scotland. The survey set out to replicate the previous one as far as possible. Other than questions having to do with victimization and basic demographic details, the topics covered in the questionnaire were: general opinion of the local area, fear of crime and precautions taken, likelihood of crime occurring, extent of "incivilities" in the area, seriousness of various crimes, attitudes towards punishment and prison reform, victim support schemes, neighborhood watch schemes, and self-reported offending.

Series: British Crime Survey Series

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Study Description


Home Office (United Kingdom). Research and Planning Unit. British Crime Surveys, 1984. ICPSR08685-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987.

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This study was funded by:

  • Home Office (United Kingdom). Research and Planning Unit

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime, crime costs, crime patterns, crime reporting, fear of crime, lifestyles, police citizen interactions, police response, reactions to crime, victimization, victims

Geographic Coverage:    England, Great Britain, Wales, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1984

Date of Collection:   

  • 1984-02--1984-04

Universe:    In England and Wales, people age 16 and over, living in private accommodations.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Stratified sample based on residency.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-10-12

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