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Reactions to Crime in Atlanta and Chicago, 1979-1980

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Spelman, William
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
cities; communities; community participation; crime; crime impact; fear of crime; juvenile offenders; neighborhood conditions; police effectiveness; police protection; property values; race relations; reactions to crime
  • Abstract

    Two previously released data collections from ICPSR are combined in this dataset: CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH AND LOW CRIME NEIGHBORHOODS IN ATLANTA, 1980 (ICPSR 7951) and CRIME FACTORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD DECLINE IN CHICAGO, 1979 (ICPSR 7952). Information for ICPSR 7951 was obtained from 523 residents interviewed in six selected neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia. A research team from the Research Triangle Institute sampled and surveyed the residents. ICPSR 7952 contains 3,310 interviews of Chicago residents in eight selected neighborhoods. The combined data collection contains variables on topics such as residents' demographics and socioeconomic status, personal crime rates, property crime rates, neighborhood crime rates, and neighborhood characteristics. The documentation contains three pieces of information for each variable: variable reference numbers for both the Atlanta and Chicago datasets, the complete wording of the questions put to the respondents of each survey, and the exact wording of the coding schemes adopted by the researchers.
  • 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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Chicago data: Eight neighborhoods in Chicago. Atlanta data: Three pairs of adjacent neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chicago data: Eight Chicago neighborhoods were selected for the study on the basis of high or low crime rates, stable or changing racial composition, and slowly or rapidly appreciating property values. Respondents from each of the eight neighborhoods were selected on the basis of random-digit dialing and screened for street name and block number. Atlanta data: Stratified random sample of Atlanta households.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

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.1998-04-28 SAS and SPSS data definition statements are now available for this collection. Also, missing data codes have been standardized and data and documentation have been reformatted. The codebook is now available as a PDF file. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-P254).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8215 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08215.v1
  • Spelman, W.. The Reactions to Crime in Atlanta and Chicago: A Policy Oriented Reanalysis, Final Report. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University. 1983.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Spelman, William (1985): Reactions to Crime in Atlanta and Chicago, 1979-1980. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.