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Criminal Victimization and Perceptions of Community Safety in 12 United States Cities, 1998 (ICPSR 2743)

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Summary:

This collection presents survey data from 12 cities in the United States regarding criminal victimization, perceptions of community safety, and satisfaction with local police. Participating cities included Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, Knoxville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, New York, NY, San Diego, CA, Savannah, GA, Spokane, WA, Springfield, MA, Tucson, AZ, and Washington, DC. The survey used the current National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) questionnaire with a series of supplemental questions measuring the attitudes in each city. Respondents were asked about incidents that occurred within the past 12 months. Information on the following crimes was collected: violent crimes of rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault, personal crimes of theft, and household crimes of burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Part 1, Household-Level Data, covers the number of household respondents, their ages, type of housing, size of residence, number of telephone lines and numbers, and language spoken in the household. Part 2, Person-Level Data, includes information on respondents' sex, relationship to householder, age, marital status, education, race, time spent in the housing unit, personal crime and victimization experiences, perceptions of neighborhood crime, job and professional demographics, and experience and satisfaction with local police. Variables in Part 3, Incident-Level Data, concern the details of crimes in which the respondents were involved, and the police response to the crimes.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  Household-Level Data - Download All Files (11.7 MB)
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DS2:  Person-Level Data - Download All Files (31.1 MB)
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DS3:  Incident-Level Data - Download All Files (19.9 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Criminal Victimization and Perceptions of Community Safety in 12 United States Cities, 1998. ICPSR02743-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02743.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, attitudes, burglary, fear of crime, neighborhoods, perceptions, petty theft, police performance, public safety, rape, robbery, victimization

Geographic Coverage:   Arizona, California, Chicago, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas City (Missouri), Knoxville, Los Angeles, Madison, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York (state), New York City, San Diego, Savannah, Spokane, Springfield (Massachusetts), Tennessee, Tucson, United States, Washington, Wisconsin

Time Period:  

  • 1998

Universe:   Individuals aged 12 and older in 12 cities of the United States that had police departments representing varying stages in the development of community policing. The 12 cities chosen were Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, Knoxville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, New York, NY, San Diego, CA, Savannah, GA, Spokane, WA, Springfield, MA, Tucson, AZ, and Washington, DC.

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Sample:   Approximately 800 households in each of the 12 cities were contacted through random-digit dialing (RDD). The findings from this survey are not intended to represent national estimates.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB2743.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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