British Crime Survey, 1982 (ICPSR 8672)

Principal Investigator(s): Home Office Research and Planning Unit


The primary purpose of the British Crime Survey was to estimate how many of the public in England and Wales are victims of selected types of crime over a year, describing the circumstances under which people become victims, and the consequences of crime for victims. Other aims included providing background information on fear of crime among the public and on public contact with the police. Respondents were asked a series of screening questions to establish whether or not they or their households had been victims of relevant crimes during the one-year reference period. They were then asked a series of very detailed questions about the incidents they reported. Basic descriptive background information on respondents and their households was collected to allow analysis of the sorts of people who do and do not become victims. Information was also collected on other areas which were of intrinsic interest and which could usefully be related to experience as a victim, namely, fear of crime, contact with the police, lifestyle, and self-reported offending.

Series: British Crime Survey Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Main - Download All Files (13.192 MB)
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DS2:  Victim - Download All Files (12.136 MB)
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DS3:  Followup - Download All Files (14.926 MB)
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DS4:  Hierarchical - Download All Files (17.682 MB)
DS5:  Padded - Download All Files (34.709 MB)

Study Description


Home Office Research and Planning Unit. British Crime Survey, 1982. ICPSR08672-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1987.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    crime, crime costs, crime patterns, crime reporting, fear of crime, lifestyles, police citizen interactions, police response, reactions to crime, victimization, victims

Geographic Coverage:    England, Global, Great Britain, Wales

Time Period:   

  • 1981

Date of Collection:   

  • 1982-02--1982-04

Universe:    People aged 16 and over living in private households in England and Wales and whose addresses appear in the electoral registers.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection offers three distinct representations of British Crime Survey data. They are Parts 1-3, Part 4, and Part 5. Part 1 consists of data captured on the Main Questionnaire. Part 2 represents data from the Victim Form. Part 3 consists of data collected via the Followup Questionnaire. Parts 1-3 are documented with SPSS Control Cards and the nonnumeric codes "-1" and "-2" are used to represent missing data. Part 4 is a hierarchically structured file consisting of 5 cards per resondent containing data from the Main Questionnaire (approx. 188 variables), followed by 5 cards per Victim Form (approx. 290 variables) for up to four Victim Forms per respondent, followed by 5 cards containing data from the Followup Questionnaire (approx. 230 variables). Only respondents reporting incidents of victimization have Victim Forms. The Followup Questionnaire was administered to all respondents reporting incidents of victimization and to 2 in 5 other respondents. Part 5 is identical to Part 4 except that it has been "padded" by inserting blank cards so that there are thirty 80-column cards for each respondent. The codebook describes Parts 4 and 5 only. Hardcopy documentation describes interviews with 5,031 people in Scotland, however, data for Scotland are not included in this dataset.


Sample:    Multistage probability sample using electoral registers as the frame.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1987-05-19

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8672.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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