Commercial Victimization Surveys, 1973-1977 [United States]: National Sample (ICPSR 8003)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

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

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These Commercial Victimization Surveys were collected as part of the National Crime Surveys. They document burglary and robbery incidents for all types of commercial establishments, as well as political, cultural, and religious organizations. Business characteristics gathered include form of ownership and operation, size and type of business, and security measures. Information regarding the reported incidents includes time and place, weapon involvement, offender and entry characteristics, injuries and deaths, and type and value of stolen property. Data were collected by calendar quarter for four quarters in 1973-1976 and for two quarters in 1977, while the actual incidents reported in the files reflect those occurring six months prior to the interview date.

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Commercial Victimization Surveys, 1973-1977 [United States]: National 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

1973 -- 1977

1973 -- 1977

These data are contained in 18 hierarchical files. There are two record types, business records and incident records. Every case has a business record. The number of incident records for a case varies according to the number of times (if any) that particular business had been victimized during the reference period. There are 203 variables.

The sample was selected using a stratified multistage cluster technique. In the first stage, the sample consisted of 34 primary sampling units (PSUs). In July 1975, 24 additional PSUs were added. However, the increased sample size is not reflected in the data until July 1976. In the second stage, sample segments were chosen from the PSUs at a rate of 1 in 24. Note that one PSU has approximately 600 segments. Approximately 50,000 establishments were selected for interview.

Commercial establishments in the United States in 1973-1977.

personal interviews and telephone interviews

survey data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 19 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.