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National Crime Surveys: Reverse Record Check Studies: Washington, DC, San Jose, and Baltimore, 1970-1971 (ICPSR 8693)

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Summary:

These surveys were part of a series of pretests conducted during the early 1970s to reveal problems associated with doing a nationwide study on victimization. They were done to determine the most effective reference period to use when questioning respondents in order to gain the fullest and most reliable information, to measure the degree to which respondents move incidents occurring outside the reference period into that period when questioned, and to explore the possibility of identifying incidents by a few broad general questions as opposed to a series of more specific probing questions.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

DS0:  Study-Level Files
Documentation:
DS1:  San Jose Pilot Study - Download All Files (20.4 MB)
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DS2:  Baltimore Study - Download All Files (17.3 MB)
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DS3:  Washington DC Study - Download All Files (17.1 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

United States Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Crime Surveys: Reverse Record Check Studies: Washington, DC, San Jose, and Baltimore, 1970-1971. ICPSR08693-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08693.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, crime, demographic characteristics, households, justice, robbery, victimization

Geographic Coverage:   Baltimore, District of Columbia, Maryland, Puerto Rico, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1970--1971

Date of Collection:  

  • 1970-03--1971-01

Universe:   Part 1: All crime victims in San Jose during 1970. Part 2: All crime victims in Baltimore in 1970. Part 3: All crime victims in Washington, DC in 1970.

Data Types:   survey data

Methodology

Sample:   Part 1: A probability sample of personal victims of crimes was selected from official police reports. Victims were chosen to provide uniform representation over 12 months on robbery, burglary, rape, assault, and larceny. Part 2: Five hundred victims were identified from official police records and represented four crimes: assault, robbery, larceny, and burglary, from five recall time periods. Part 3: Six hundred victims were identified from official police records and represented four crimes: assault, robbery, larceny, and burglary.

Data Source:

official police records, and personal interviews

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8693.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

Related Publications ?

    1981
    Lehnen, Robert G.,  Skogan, Wesley G. Current and Historical Perspectives. National Crime Survey Working Papers series, vol. 1. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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