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Commercial Victimization Surveys, 1972-1975 [United States]: Cities Sample

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data, survey data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
armed robbery; burglary; businesses; cities; crime rates; larceny; national crime statistics (USA); offenders; organizations; robbery; security systems; urban crime; victimization
  • Abstract

    The National Crime Surveys, of which these Commercial Victimization Surveys are a part, were conducted to obtain current and reliable measures of serious crime in the United States. The Commercial Victimization Surveys are restricted to coverage of burglary and robbery incidents. They include all types of commercial establishments as well as political, cultural, and religious organizations. The survey includes a series of questions about the business, e.g., type and size, form of ownership, insurance, security, and break-in and robbery characteristics. Time and place, weapon, injury, entry evidence, offender characteristics, and stolen property data were collected for each of the incidents. Data on both victimized and nonvictimized establishments in 26 different cities were collected during 1972, 1973, and 1974. In the 1975 survey, data from the 13 cities surveyed during 1972 and 1973 were collected again.
  • 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: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1972, Newark
    • DS2: 1972, St. Louis
    • DS3: 1972, Cleveland
    • DS4: 1972, Dallas
    • DS5: 1972, Atlanta
    • DS6: 1972, Baltimore
    • DS7: 1972, Denver
    • DS8: 1972, Portland, Oregon
    • DS9: 1973, New York
    • DS10: 1973, Philadelphia
    • DS11: 1973, Chicago
    • DS12: 1973, Detroit
    • DS13: 1973, Los Angeles
    • DS14: 1974, Buffalo
    • DS15: 1974, Pittsburgh
    • DS16: 1974, Boston
    • DS17: 1974, Milwaukee
    • DS18: 1974, Minneapolis
    • DS19: 1974, Cincinnati
    • DS20: 1974, Miami
    • DS21: 1974, New Orleans
    • DS22: 1974, Houston
    • DS23: 1974, Washington, D.C.
    • DS24: 1974, San Francisco
    • DS25: 1974, San Diego
    • DS26: 1974, Oakland
    • DS27: 1975, Newark
    • DS28: 1975, St. Louis
    • DS29: 1975, Cleveland
    • DS30: 1975, Dallas
    • DS31: 1975, Atlanta
    • DS32: 1975, Baltimore
    • DS33: 1975, Denver
    • DS34: 1975, Portland, Oregon
    • DS35: 1975, Philadelphia
    • DS36: 1975, New York
    • DS37: 1975, Chicago
    • DS38: 1975, Detroit
    • DS39: 1975, Los Angeles
Temporal Coverage
  • 1972 / 1975
    Time period: 1972--1975
  • 1972 / 1975
    Collection date: 1972--1975
Geographic Coverage
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • California
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Colorado
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Houston
  • Illinois
  • Los Angeles
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Miami
  • Michigan
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New Orleans
  • New York (state)
  • New York City
  • Newark
  • Oakland
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland (Oregon)
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • St. Louis
  • Texas
  • United States
  • Wisconsin
Sampled Universe
Commercial establishments of all types in the following 26 cities during the following four years. 1972 and 1975: Atlanta, Georgia, Baltimore, Maryland, Cleveland, Ohio, Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Newark, New Jersey, Portland, Oregon, and St. Louis, Missouri. 1973 and 1975: Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, Los Angeles, California, New York, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1974: Boston, Massachusetts, Buffalo, New York, Cincinnati, Ohio, Houston, Texas, Miami, Florida, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Minneapolis, Minnesota, New Orleans, Louisiana, Oakland, California, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, San Diego, California, San Francisco, California, and Washington, DC.
Data were obtained from separate samples of business enterprises and organizations in each of the 26 cities through a multistage cluster sample design.
Collection Mode
  • These data are contained in 39 hierarchical data files. There are two record types, business records and incident records. Every case has a business record. The number of incident records for a particular case varies according to the number of times (if any) that business had been victimized during the reference period. There are 168 variables.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 40 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 40 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8002 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08002.v1
  • Lynch, James P.. Opportunity Theory and Commercial Crime: Implications from Models of Non-commercial Crime. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology.Phoenix, AZ. 1993.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1984): Commercial Victimization Surveys, 1972-1975 [United States]: Cities Sample. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.