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British Crime Survey, 1982

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Home Office Research and Planning Unit
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • British Crime Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
crime; crime costs; crime patterns; crime reporting; fear of crime; lifestyles; police citizen interactions; police response; reactions to crime; victimization; victims
  • Abstract

    The primary purpose of the British Crime Survey was to estimate how many of the public in England and Wales are victims of selected types of crime over a year, describing the circumstances under which people become victims, and the consequences of crime for victims. Other aims included providing background information on fear of crime among the public and on public contact with the police. Respondents were asked a series of screening questions to establish whether or not they or their households had been victims of relevant crimes during the one-year reference period. They were then asked a series of very detailed questions about the incidents they reported. Basic descriptive background information on respondents and their households was collected to allow analysis of the sorts of people who do and do not become victims. Information was also collected on other areas which were of intrinsic interest and which could usefully be related to experience as a victim, namely, fear of crime, contact with the police, lifestyle, and self-reported offending.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main
    • DS2: Victim
    • DS3: Followup
    • DS4: Hierarchical
    • DS5: Padded
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1981
  • 1982-02 / 1982-04
    Collection date: 1982-02--1982-04
Geographic Coverage
  • England
  • Global
  • Great Britain
  • Wales
Sampled Universe
People aged 16 and over living in private households in England and Wales and whose addresses appear in the electoral registers.
Multistage probability sample using electoral registers as the frame.
Collection Mode
  • This collection offers three distinct representations of British Crime Survey data. They are Parts 1-3, Part 4, and Part 5. Part 1 consists of data captured on the Main Questionnaire. Part 2 represents data from the Victim Form. Part 3 consists of data collected via the Followup Questionnaire. Parts 1-3 are documented with SPSS Control Cards and the nonnumeric codes "-1" and "-2" are used to represent missing data. Part 4 is a hierarchically structured file consisting of 5 cards per resondent containing data from the Main Questionnaire (approx. 188 variables), followed by 5 cards per Victim Form (approx. 290 variables) for up to four Victim Forms per respondent, followed by 5 cards containing data from the Followup Questionnaire (approx. 230 variables). Only respondents reporting incidents of victimization have Victim Forms. The Followup Questionnaire was administered to all respondents reporting incidents of victimization and to 2 in 5 other respondents. Part 5 is identical to Part 4 except that it has been "padded" by inserting blank cards so that there are thirty 80-column cards for each respondent. The codebook describes Parts 4 and 5 only. Hardcopy documentation describes interviews with 5,031 people in Scotland, however, data for Scotland are not included in this dataset.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8672 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08672.v1
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    • ID: 10.1111/j.1468-2311.2011.00657.x (DOI)
  • Farrington, David P., Jolliffe, Darrick. Crime and Justice in England and Wales, 1981-1999. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research. Crime and Punishment in Western Countries, 1980-1999.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 2005.
  • Smith, David J.. Crime and punishment in Scotland, 1980-1999. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research. Crime and Punishment in Western Countries, 1980-1999.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 2005.
  • Lowenkamp, Christopher T., Cullen, Francis T., Pratt, Travis C.. Replicating Sampson and Groves's test of social disorganization theory: A criminological classic. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.40, (4), 351-373.2003.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427803256077 (DOI)
  • Veysey, Bonita M., Messner, Steven F.. Further testing of social disorganization theory: An elaboration of Sampson and Groves's 'Community Structure and Crime'. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.36, (2), 156-174.1999.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427899036002002 (DOI)
  • Dijk, Tom van, Erez, Edna, Robinson, Susan, et al. Domestic victimization. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research.6, (1), 3-111.1998.
    • ID: 10.1023/A:1008661910442 (DOI)
  • Ellingworth, Dan, Pease, Ken. Movers and breakers: Household property crime against those moving home. International Journal of Risk, Security and Crime Prevention.3, (1), 35-42.1998.
  • Buck, Wendy, Chatterton, Michael, Pease, Ken. Obscene, Threatening and Other Troublesome Telephone Calls to Women in England and Wales: 1982-1992. 92, London: United Kingdom Home Office, Research and Planning Unit. 1995.
  • Ellingworth, Dan, Farrell, Graham, Pease, Ken. A victim is a victim is a victim? Chronic victimization in four sweeps of the British Crime Survey. British Journal of Criminology.35, (3), 360-365.1995.
  • Hope, Tim, Trickett, Alan, Ellingworth, Dan, et al. Symposium on repeat victimization. British Journal of Criminology.35, (3), 327-399.1995.
  • Trickett, Alan, Ellingworth, Dan, Hope, Tim, Pease, Ken. Crime victimization in the eighties: Changes in area and regional inequality. British Journal of Criminology.35, (3), 343-359.1995.
  • Tseloni, Andromachi, Osborn, Denise R., Pease, Ken. The modelling of threats: Evidence from the British Crime Survey. International Review of Victimology.3, (3), 235-261.1994.
  • Mayhew, Pat. Measuring the effects of crime in victimization surveys. Fear of Crime and Criminal Victimization.Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke Verlag. 1993.
  • Farrington, David P., Langan, Patrick A.. Changes in crime and punishment in England and America in the 1980's. Justice Quarterly.9, (1), 5-46.1992.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418829200091241 (DOI)
  • Trickett, Alan, Osborn, Denise R., Seymour, Julie, et al. What is different about high crime areas?. British Journal of Criminology.32, (1), 81-89.1992.
  • Hough, Mike. Threats: Findings from the British Crime Survey. International Review of Victimology.1, (2), 169-180.1990.
  • Mayhew, Pat, Elliott, David. Self-reported offending, victimization, and the British Crime Survey. Violence and Victims.5, (2), 83-96.1990.
  • Miethe, Terance D., Meier, Robert F.. Opportunity, choice, and criminal victimization: A test of a theoretical model. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.27, (3), 243-266.1990.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427890027003003 (DOI)
  • Sales, Bruce, et al. Social science in victim policy. Violence and Victims.5, (2), 79-140.1990.
  • Sampson, Robert J., Lauritsen, Janet L.. Deviant lifestyle, proximity to crime, and the offender-victim link in personal violence. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.27, (2), 110-139.1990.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427890027002002 (DOI)
  • Lasley, James R.. Drinking routines/lifestyles and predatory victimization: A causal analysis. Justice Quarterly.6, (4), 529-542.1989.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418828900090371 (DOI)
  • Lasley, James R., Rosenbaum, Jill Leslie. Routine activities and multiple personal victimization. Sociology and Social Research.73, (1), 47-50.1988.
  • Maxfield, Michael G.. The London Metropolitan Police and their clients: Victim and suspect attitudes. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.25, (2), 188-206.1988.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022427888025002006 (DOI)
  • Sampson, Robert J.. Local friendship ties and community attachment in mass society: A multilevel systematic model. American Sociological Review.53, (5), 766-779.1988.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Hough, Mike. Offenders' choice of target: Findings from victim surveys. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.3, (4), 355-369.1987.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01066836 (DOI)
  • Maxfield, Michael G.. Household composition, routine activity, and victimization: a comparative analysis. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.3, (4), 301-320.1987.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01066833 (DOI)
  • Mayhew, Pat. How Are We Faring on the Burglary Front?. Great Britain. Home Office. Research and Planning Unit. Research Studies.23, 42-47.1987.
  • Sampson, Robert J.. Personal violence by strangers: An extension and test of the opportunity model of predatory victimization. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.78, (2), 327-356.1987.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Sampson, Robert J., Wooldredge, John D.. Linking the micro- and macro-level dimensions of lifestyle-routine activity and opportunity models of predatory victimization. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.3, (4), 371-393.1987.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01066837 (DOI)
  • Lasley, James R.. Differential classification of adult self-reported offender types. Justice Quarterly.3, (3), 291-304.1986.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418828600088951 (DOI)
  • Lasley, James Robert. A Causal Analysis of Victimization and Offending. Dissertation, Claremont Graduate School. 1986.
  • Maxfield, Michael G.. Household Composition, Routine Activity, and Victimization: A Comparison of the 1982 British Crime Survey and the 1983 Victim Risk Supplement to the National Crime Survey. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology.Atlanta, GA. 1986.
  • Worrall, Anne, Pease, Ken. Personal crimes against women: Evidence from the 1982 British Crime Survey. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.25, 118-124.1986.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1468-2311.1986.tb00550.x (DOI)
  • Clarke, Ronald V., et al. Elderly victims of crime and exposure to risk. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.24, (1), 1-9.1985.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1468-2311.1985.tb00509.x (DOI)
  • Hough, Mike. The impact of victimisation: Findings from the British Crime Survey. Victimology.10, (1-4), 488-497.1985.
  • Hough, Mike, Moxon, David. Dealing with offenders: Popular opinion and the views of victims. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.24, (3), 160-175.1985.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1468-2311.1985.tb00526.x (DOI)
  • Mott, Joy. Self-reported cannabis use in Great Britain in 1981. British Journal of Addiction.80, (1), 37-43.1985.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.1985.tb05287.x (DOI)
  • Chambers, Gerry, Tombs, Jacqueline. The British Crime Survey--Scotland. Edinburgh: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1984.
  • Gottfredson, Michael R.. Victims of Crime: The Dimensions of Risk. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1984.
  • Hough, Mike. Residential burglary: A profile from the British Crime Survey. Coping with Burglary.Boston, MA: Kluwer-Nijhoff. 1984.
  • Maxfield, Michael G.. Fear of Crime in England and Wales. 78, London: United Kingdom Home Office, Research and Planning Unit. 1984.
  • Southgate, Peter. Contacts Between Police and Public: British Crime Commission. 77, London: United Kingdom Home Office, Research and Planning Unit. 1984.
  • Hough, Mike, Mayhew, Pat. The British Crime Survey: First Report. 76, London: United Kingdom Home Office, Research and Planning Unit. 1983.

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

Home Office Research and Planning Unit (1987): British Crime Survey, 1982. Archival Version. British Crime Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.