National Crime Victimization Survey: Identity Theft Supplement, 2012 (ICPSR 34735)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics


The primary purpose of the Identity Theft Supplement is to obtain additional information about identity theft-related victimizations so that policymakers, academic researchers, practitioners at the Federal, state and local levels, and special interest groups who are concerned with identity theft can make informed decisions concerning policies and programs. Responses are linked to the NCVS survey instrument responses for a more complete understanding of the individual's circumstances.

Series: National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Crime Victimization Survey: Identity Theft Supplement, 2012. ICPSR34735-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-02-20.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime, crime rates, crime reporting, crime statistics, identity theft, larceny, victimization, victims

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Region

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2012

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-01--2012-06

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    NCVS household members ages 16 years or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Each household member age 16 years or older was administered the 2012 ITS questionnaire.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data contain weights for creating national estimates.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Response Rates:    A final sample size of 69,814 out of the original NCVS-eligible respondents completed the ITS questionnaire, resulting in an ITS response rate of 91.9 percent. The combined overall NCVS-ITS unit response rate for NCVS households, NCVS persons, and ITS persons was 68.2 percent.

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-02-20

Version History:

  • 2017-01-31 The codebook was updated to correct an error in the final sample size found in the Methodology and Processing section.

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