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National Crime Victimization Survey, 1992-2002

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
assault; auto theft; burglary; crime; crime costs; crime rates; crime reporting; crime statistics; offenders; offenses; property crimes; rape; reactions to crime; robbery; sexual offenses; vandalism; victimization; victims
  • Abstract

    The National Crime Victimization Surveys (NCVS) series, previously called the National Crime Surveys (NCS), has been collecting data on personal and household victimization through an ongoing survey of a nationally-representative sample of residential addresses since 1973. The NCVS was designed with four primary objectives: (1) to develop detailed information about the victims and consequences of crime, (2) to estimate the number and types of crimes not reported to the police, (3) to provide uniform measures of selected types of crimes, and (4) to permit comparisons over time and types of areas. The survey categorizes crimes as "personal" or "property." Personal crimes include rape and sexual attack, robbery, aggravated and simple assault, and purse-snatching/pocket-picking, while property crimes include burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and vandalism. Each respondent is asked a series of screen questions designed to determine whether she or he was victimized during the six-month period preceding the first day of the month of the interview. A "household respondent" is also asked to report on crimes against the household as a whole (e.g., burglary, motor vehicle theft). The data include type of crime, month, time, and location of the crime, relationship between victim and offender, characteristics of the offender, self-protective actions taken by the victim during the incident and results of those actions, consequences of the victimization, type of property lost, whether the crime was reported to police and reasons for reporting or not reporting, and offender use of weapons, drugs, and alcohol. Basic demographic information such as age, race, gender, and income is also collected, to enable analysis of crime by various subpopulations.
  • Methods

    The data files include three weight variables: household, person, and incident. To use the weights correctly they must be adjusted. See the codebook for information on how to adjust the weights to calculate household, population, and victimization estimates.
  • Methods

    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: Performed consistency checks.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
Temporal Coverage
  • 1992 / 2002
    Time period: 1992--2002
  • 1992 / 2003
    Collection date: 1992--2003
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All persons in the United States aged 12 and over. Smallest Geographic Unit: region
Stratified multistage cluster sample.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview, computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

    2008-12-17 This data collection has been deaccessioned and is no longer available. Replaced by study 22902.

    Through 1999, the NCVS data were maintained under a single study number. Beginning with the year 2000, files from individual years have separate study numbers.

    The NCVS data are organized by year, with six collection quarters comprising an annual file: the four quarters of the current year plus the first two quarters of the following year.

    Data for the 2002 Full File, Part 1, are hierarchically structured, with four levels: Address ID, Household, Person, and Incident. The number of records and variables for each file, as well as the logical record length, can be found in the codebook.

    Incident-Level files were created from the annual hierarchical files and include information on victims rather than nonvictims. There are three types of Incident-Level files: single year, concatenated annual, and concatenated rape subset. In all three types, an incident record was extracted from the hierarchical full files. The Incident-Level files were bounded by calendar year.

2006-06-08 The Stata dictionary and system data files for datasets 2-4 were corrected to set the storage type as double for numeric variables with more than nine significant digits.2006-05-02 All four data parts were updated to include 28 new variables regarding computer crime. These variables are included with the person information (V3000's). In addition, variables with decimal specifications now have explicit decimals instead of implied decimal formats. SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files were added for Parts 2, 3, and 4.2006-01-18 File CB03691-ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2005-04-07 All concatenated incident-level files and rape subset files have been updated. These updates were made because of a previous change to the 1994 full hierarchical file relating to quarters 1 and 2 of 1995.2004-09-02 The Bureau of Justice Statistics has resupplied the 2002 data. The structures of the data files have not changed, but the content of all four data files has been updated. SAS and SPSS setup files have been updated, and the codebook has been modified to reflect these changes.2004-05-28 Minor corrections were made to the SAS and SPSS setup files for Part 3 (1992-2002 Incident-Level Concatenated File) and Part 4 (1992-2002 Incident-Level Rape Subset) Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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This study is no longer distributed by ICPSR.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3691 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03691.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 14 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (2004): National Crime Victimization Survey, 1992-2002. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.