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National Crime Victimization Survey Longitudinal File, 1995-1999 (ICPSR 4414) RSS

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The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series, previously called the National Crime Surveys (NCS), has been collecting data on personal and household victimization through an ongoing survey of a nationally-representative sample of residential addresses since 1973. Occasionally there have been extract or supplement files created from the NCVS data series. This extract, the National Crime Victimization Survey Longitudinal File, 1995-1999, contains records from sample J19, rotations 2, 3, and 4. The Rotation 2 sample was introduced in Quarter 3, 1995, and expired in Quarter 4, 1998. The Rotation 3 sample was introduced in Quarter 1, 1996, and expired in Quarter 1, 1999. The Rotation 4 sample was introduced in Quarter 3, 1996, and expired in Quarter 4, 1999. The NCVS was designed with four primary objectives: (1) to develop detailed information about the victims and consequences of crime, (2) to estimate the number and types of crimes not reported to the police, (3) to provide uniform measures of selected types of crimes, and (4) to permit comparisons over time and types of areas. The survey categorized crimes as "personal" or "property." Personal crimes include rape and sexual attack, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and purse-snatching/pocket-picking, while property crimes include burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and vandalism. Each respondent was asked a series of screen questions designed to determine whether she or he was victimized during the six-month period preceding the first day of the month of the interview. A "household respondent" was also asked to report on crimes against the household as a whole (e.g., burglary, motor vehicle theft). The data include type of crime, month, time, and location of the crime, relationship between victim and offender, characteristics of the offender, self-protective actions taken by the victim during the incident and results of those actions, consequences of the victimization, type of property lost, whether the crime was reported to police and reasons for reporting or not reporting, and offender use of weapons, drugs, and alcohol. Basic demographic information such as age, race, gender, and income was also collected to enable analysis of crime by various subpopulations.

Series: National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

1995-1999 Full Hierarchical File - Download All Files (116.6 MB)
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Citation

U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION SURVEY LONGITUDINAL FILE, 1995-1999. Conducted by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. ICPSR04414-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 2007-03-14. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04414.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   assault, auto theft, burglary, crime, crime costs, crime rates, crime reporting, crime statistics, offenders, offenses, property crimes, rape, reactions to crime, robbery, sexual offenses, vandalism, victimization, victims

Smallest Geographic Unit:   region

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1995--1999

Date of Collection:  

  • 1995--1999

Unit of Observation:   household, person, crime incident

Universe:   All persons in the United States aged 12 and over.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The NCVS data are organized by year, with six collection quarters comprising an annual file: the four quarters of the current year plus the first two quarters of the following year. (2) Documentation, in addition to what is contained in the codebook for this data collection, is available in the data collections for individual years of NCVS.

Methodology

Sample:   Stratified multistage cluster sample.

Weight:   The data files include three weight variables: household, person, and incident. To use the weights correctly they must be adjusted. See the codebook for individual years of the NCVS for information on how to adjust the weights to calculate household, population, and victimization estimates.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview, computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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