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