Commercial Victimization Surveys, 1972-1975 [United States]: Cities Sample (ICPSR 8002)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

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

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The National Crime Surveys, of which these Commercial Victimization Surveys are a part, were conducted to obtain current and reliable measures of serious crime in the United States. The Commercial Victimization Surveys are restricted to coverage of burglary and robbery incidents. They include all types of commercial establishments as well as political, cultural, and religious organizations. The survey includes a series of questions about the business, e.g., type and size, form of ownership, insurance, security, and break-in and robbery characteristics. Time and place, weapon, injury, entry evidence, offender characteristics, and stolen property data were collected for each of the incidents. Data on both victimized and nonvictimized establishments in 26 different cities were collected during 1972, 1973, and 1974. In the 1975 survey, data from the 13 cities surveyed during 1972 and 1973 were collected again.

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Commercial Victimization Surveys, 1972-1975 [United States]: Cities Sample. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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

1972 -- 1975

1972 -- 1975

These data are contained in 39 hierarchical data files. There are two record types, business records and incident records. Every case has a business record. The number of incident records for a particular case varies according to the number of times (if any) that business had been victimized during the reference period. There are 168 variables.

Data were obtained from separate samples of business enterprises and organizations in each of the 26 cities through a multistage cluster sample design.

Commercial establishments of all types in the following 26 cities during the following four years. 1972 and 1975: Atlanta, Georgia, Baltimore, Maryland, Cleveland, Ohio, Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Newark, New Jersey, Portland, Oregon, and St. Louis, Missouri. 1973 and 1975: Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, Los Angeles, California, New York, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1974: Boston, Massachusetts, Buffalo, New York, Cincinnati, Ohio, Houston, Texas, Miami, Florida, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Minnesota, New Orleans, Louisiana, Oakland, California, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, San Diego, California, San Francisco, California, and Washington, DC.

personal interviews

event/transaction data

survey data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 40 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

1984-03-18 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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.