Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
The National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data (also referred to as the All Rotations Data) are now being made available to the public for analytic use. These data differ from the "regular" National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data in that they contain the first interview with respondents. The National Crime Victimization Survey 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. 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 categorizes 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 is 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" is 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 is also collected to enable analysis of crime by various subpopulations.
These data are freely available.
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Crime Victimization Survey: Unbounded Data, 2004. ICPSR04449-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-05-03. doi:10.3886/ICPSR04449.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04449.v2
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
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: household, individual, crime incident
Universe: All persons in the United States aged 12 and over.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
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.
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 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)
- Performed consistency checks.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2006-06-22
- 2007-05-03 Quarters 1 and 2 of 2005 were acquired from the Census Bureau. 2004 data were acquired again in order to keep all six quarters of data together.
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