Robbery of Financial Institutions in Indiana, 1982-1984 (ICPSR 9310)

Principal Investigator(s): Baumer, Terry L.; Carrington, Michael D.


The goals of this data collection were to provide information on robbery-related security measures employed by financial institutions, to identify factors that contribute to robbery, and to study the correlates of case disposition and sentence length of convicted robbers. The collection compares banking institutions that have been robbed with those bank offices that have not been robbed to provide information on factors that contribute to these robberies. The office-based file includes variables designed to measure general office characteristics, staff preparation and training, security measures, characteristics of the area in which the banking institution is located, and the robbery history of each institution. The incident-based file includes variables such as the robber's method of operation and behavior, the employee's reaction, the characteristics of the office at the time of the robbery, and the apprehension of the offender. Also included is information on the status of the investigation, reasons involved in solving the robbery, status of prosecution, ultimate prosecution, and sentence in length.

Access Notes

  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • 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:  Bank Office Data - Download All Files (2.921 MB)
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DS2:  Robbery Incident Data - Download All Files (3.022 MB)
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Study Description


Baumer, Terry L., and Michael D. Carrington. Robbery of Financial Institutions in Indiana, 1982-1984. ICPSR09310-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-02-01.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-0056)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    banks, disposition (legal), financial institutions, offenders, reactions to crime, robbery, security, sentencing

Geographic Coverage:    Indiana, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1982-01-01--1984-06-30

Universe:    Banking and financial institutions in Indiana.

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

Data Collection Notes:

The incident-based file includes merged data of victim offices from the office-based file, robbery incident data, and case disposition data. The merged office data contain variables identical to those available in the office-based file.


Sample:    Victim institutions include banks and savings and loan associations in the state of Indiana that were robbed between January 1, 1982 and June 30, 1984. A comparison group of 200 financial institutions was randomly selected from the remaining nonvictim offices in Indiana. Five of the nonvictim sample were not included in the file because their data were not available.

Data Source:

personal interviews and Uniform Crime Reporting Program data

Extent of Processing:   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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01

Version History:

  • 2010-02-01 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
  • 2006-01-18 File CB9310.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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