National Crime Surveys: Redesign Data: Peoria Record Check Study (ICPSR 8669)

Principal Investigator(s): Groves, Robert M.


The purpose of this study was to measure criminal activity in the United States based on survey reports of crime victims. In the study two different questionnaire forms were used in order to assess which provided better responses. One form was very lengthy and asked detailed questions about each household, person, and incident. The second form was much shorter and asked very generalized questions. The data collection was an attempt to find alternative methods of sampling, interviewing, designing questionnaires, managing data, and reporting results. Detailed information is provided on household characteristics and other characteristics of the respondents, as well as on crime incidents, including burglary, vandalism, assault, and rape.

Access Notes

  • 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:  Record Check 1, Person-level Data - Download All Files (22.419 MB)
DS2:  Record Check 1, Incident-level Data
No downloadable data files available.
DS3:  Record Check 2, Screener Data - Download All Files (16.18 MB)
DS4:  Record Check 2, Incident Level Data - Download All Files (15.932 MB)
DS5:  National Sample, Current Data - Download All Files (15.946 MB)
DS6:  National Sample, Experimental Data - Download All Files (16.106 MB)

Study Description


Groves, Robert M. National Crime Surveys: Redesign Data: Peoria Record Check Study. ICPSR08669-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (J LEAA-012-82)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assault, crime, demographic characteristics, households, justice, medical care, medical history, robbery, victimization, victims

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Universe:    All persons in the United States twelve years of age and older.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For reasons of confidentiality the ICPSR has masked several variables.


Sample:    Combination of sample from police record system and random digit dialed sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-05-19

Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB8669.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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