National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

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Calls for Service to Police as a Means of Evaluating Crime Trends in Oklahoma City, 1986-1988 (ICPSR 9669)

Principal Investigator(s): Bursik, Robert J. Jr.; Grasmick, Harold G.; Chamlin, Mitchell B.


In an effort to measure the effectiveness of crime deterrents and to estimate crime rates, calls for assistance placed to police in Oklahoma City over a two-year period were enumerated. This type of call was studied in order to circumvent problems such as "interviewer's effect" and sampling errors that occur with other methods. The telephone calls were stratified by police district, allowing for analysis on the neighborhood level to determine whether deterrence operates ecologically--that is, by neighbors informing one another about arrests which took place as a result of their calls to the police. In measuring deterrence, only the calls that concerned robbery were used. To estimate crime rates, calls were tallied on a monthly basis for 18 types of offenses: aggravated assault, robbery, rape, burglary, grand larceny, motor vehicle theft, simple assault, fraud, child molestation, other sex offenses, domestic disturbance, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, vice and drugs, petty larceny, shoplifting, kidnapping/hostage taking, and suspicious activity.

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  • 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.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Neighborhood Robbery Trends Data - Download All Files (0.12 MB)
DS2:  Calls for Service Data - Download All Files (0.073 MB)

Study Description


Bursik, Robert J. Jr., Harold G. Grasmick, and Mitchell B. Chamlin. Calls for Service to Police as a Means of Evaluating Crime Trends in Oklahoma City, 1986-1988. ICPSR09669-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (86-IJ-CX-0076)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arrests, assault, auto theft, burglary, child abuse, civil disorders, crime patterns, crime prevention, crime rates, deterrence, kidnapping, larceny, neighborhoods, petty theft, rape, robbery, sex offenses

Geographic Coverage:    Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1986-06--1988-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986-06--1988-06

Data Type(s):    administrative records data


Data Source:

computer-recorded logs of emergency calls placed to the police department of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-01-10

Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 3 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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