Survey of Victimization and Attitudes Towards Crime and Law Enforcement in Boston and Chicago, 1966 (ICPSR 9085)

Principal Investigator(s): Reiss, Albert J. Jr.


This data collection was designed to explore attitudes toward crime and the police and to examine factors related to criminal victimization and the reporting of crime incidents to the police. It combines a victimization survey with data on citizens' attitudes toward crime and the police, and information on behavior in response to crime or the threat of crime. Variables provide information about respondents' neighborhood characteristics, individual demographic attributes (e.g., age, race, gender, education, income, religion, marital status), perceptions of crime, social environment, respondents' views of the criminal justice system, experiences with the police, criminal victimization experiences, protective measures taken, victim-offender relationship, characteristics of the crime incident, police response to crime reports, and victim perceptions of and satisfaction with police response.

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:  Contact Data - Download All Files (9.431 MB)
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DS2:  Resident Data - Download All Files (18.837 MB)
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Study Description


Reiss, Albert J. Jr. Survey of Victimization and Attitudes Towards Crime and Law Enforcement in Boston and Chicago, 1966. ICPSR09085-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999.

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This study was funded by:

  • President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (OLEA-006)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    citizen attitudes, crime reporting, demographic characteristics, fear of crime, neighborhoods, perception of crime, police citizen interactions, police effectiveness, police response, public interest, public opinion, victimization, victims

Geographic Coverage:    Boston, Chicago, Illinois, Massachusetts, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1965-07-01--1966-06-30

Date of Collection:   

  • 1966-07--1966-09

Universe:    The adult population (any household member 18 years or older) in major metropolitan areas of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Only Part 1, Contact Data, is documented by a codebook. Part 2, the Resident Data, is documented by SAS and SPSS data definition statements. There is, however, considerable overlap between the two data files, and the Contact Data codebook can also be used for Resident data.

These data are part of a larger study entitled "Field Surveys III: Studies in Crime and Law Enforcement in Major Metropolitan Areas." ICPSR distributes two related data collections: PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR IN POLICE AND CITIZEN TRANSACTIONS: BOSTON, CHICAGO, AND WASHINGTON, DC, 1966 (ICPSR 9086), and ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS OF POLICE OFFICERS IN BOSTON, CHICAGO, AND WASHINGTON, DC, 1966 (ICPSR 9087).


Sample:    Precincts were selected to represent high- and low-income populations living in high crime areas. Within areas, probability samples were drawn. The sites selected were Boston, MA (Dorchester and Roxbury precincts), and Chicago, IL (Fillmore and Town Hall precincts).

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-05-04

Version History:

  • 2006-03-30 File CB9085.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
  • 1999-08-18 SAS and SPSS data definition statements and a PDF version of the codebook have been added to this collection.

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