National Crime Victimization Survey, 1992-1999 (ICPSR 6406)

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06406.v12

Version V12

This data collection has been deaccessioned; it is no longer distributed by ICPSR.

Additional information may be available in Collection Notes.

Incident-Level files were created from the annual hierarchical files and include information on victims rather than nonvictims. There are three types of Incident-Level files: single year, concatenated annual, and concatenated rape subset. In all three types, an Incident record was extracted from the hierarchical full files. The Incident-Level files were bounded by calendar year.

2008-12-17 This data collection has been deaccessioned and is no longer available. Replaced by studies 22929, 22928,22927, 22926, 22925, 22924, 22923, 22922.

Data for the Full Files are hierarchically structured, with four levels: Address ID, Household, Person, and Incident. The number of records and variables for each file, as well as the logical record length, can be found in the codebooks.

All person-level files have been removed from the Web site because of limited interest in them and the relative ease of creating person-level files without the limitation of a 10 percent sample of nonvictims.

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.

NCVS

The National Crime Victimization Surveys (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. 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 cover rape and sexual attack, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and purse-snatching/pocket-picking, while property crimes cover 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 asked to report on crimes against the household as a whole (e.g., burglary, motor vehicle theft) as well as personal crimes against him- or herself. 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.

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

Region

This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited.

1992 -- 1999

1992 -- 2000

Incident-Level files were created from the annual hierarchical files and include information on victims rather than nonvictims. There are three types of Incident-Level files: single year, concatenated annual, and concatenated rape subset. In all three types, an Incident record was extracted from the hierarchical full files. The Incident-Level files were bounded by calendar year.

2008-12-17 This data collection has been deaccessioned and is no longer available. Replaced by studies 22929, 22928,22927, 22926, 22925, 22924, 22923, 22922.

Data for the Full Files are hierarchically structured, with four levels: Address ID, Household, Person, and Incident. The number of records and variables for each file, as well as the logical record length, can be found in the codebooks.

All person-level files have been removed from the Web site because of limited interest in them and the relative ease of creating person-level files without the limitation of a 10 percent sample of nonvictims.

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.

Stratified multistage cluster sample.

All persons in the United States 12 years of age and older.

Crime incidents

Households

Persons

personal and telephone interviews

survey data

1996-10-02

2013-09-18

2005-04-01 All concatenated incident-level files and rape subset files have been updated. These updates were made because of a previous change to the 1994 full hierarchical file relating to quarters 1 and 2 of 1995. The SAS and SPSS setups for these data files had minor changes to their header statements and are updated as well.

2005-02-11 Data files for 1992 through 1994 (Parts 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11) have been updated. The variable V2125, previously 'Reserved for Future Use' is now 'Land Use.' The variable 'Scrambled Control Number' has been widened by 4 columns in order to append '9999' to the end of each Scrambled Control Number. In addition, the 1994 data (Parts 3, 9, 10 and 11) have been updated to include the correct data for Quarters 1 and 2 of 1995. The SAS setup files (Parts 12 and 14) and SPSS setup files (Parts 15 and 17) have been updated to reflect these changes. The PDF codebooks (Parts 18 and 20) have been updated as well. All Person-Level files (Parts 4, 5, 6, 13, 16, 19, 24, 29, and 32) have been removed from the Web site because of limited interest in them and the relative ease of creating person-level files without the limitation of a 10 percent sample of nonvictims.

2004-09-02 The Bureau of Justice Statistics has resupplied the 1999 data. The structures of the data files have not changed, but the content of all four 1999 data files (Parts 62, 63, 64, and 65) has been updated. SAS and SPSS setup files have been updated, and the codebook has been modified to reflect these changes.

2001-03-15 Parts 62-65 (1999 Full File, 1999 Incident-Level File, 1992-1999 Incident-Level Concatenated File, and 1992-1999 Incident-Level Rape Subset) have been added to this collection, along with corresponding SAS (Parts 66-68) and SPSS (Parts 69-71) setup files and a PDF codebook (Part 72).

1996-10-02 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.

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.