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British Crime Surveys, 1984

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

    In 1982 the Home Office conducted the first British Crime Survey, a major study with the aim of discovering levels of victimization in Britain, and of producing attitudinal data on issues relating to crime. The survey was repeated in 1984 and was restricted to England and Wales, whereas the previous study had included Scotland. The survey set out to replicate the previous one as far as possible. Other than questions having to do with victimization and basic demographic details, the topics covered in the questionnaire were: general opinion of the local area, fear of crime and precautions taken, likelihood of crime occurring, extent of "incivilities" in the area, seriousness of various crimes, attitudes towards punishment and prison reform, victim support schemes, neighborhood watch schemes, and self-reported offending.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1984
  • 1984-02 / 1984-04
    Collection date: 1984-02--1984-04
Geographic Coverage
  • England
  • Great Britain
  • Wales
  • Global
Sampled Universe
In England and Wales, people age 16 and over, living in private accommodations.
Stratified sample based on residency.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8685 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08685.v1
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    • ID: 10.1177/026975809500300402 (DOI)
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  • McMurtry, Craig Vernon. Explanations for the Tendency of Women and Elderly People to Feel Unsafe While Out Alone In Their Neighborhoods at Night. Dissertation, McMaster University (Canada). 1994.
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    • ID: 10.1080/07418829200091241 (DOI)
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    • ID: (URL)
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    • ID: 10.1177/0022427890027002002 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1007/BF01066836 (DOI)
  • Maguire, Mike, Corbett, Claire. Effects of Crime and the Work of Victims Support Schemes. Brookfield, VT: Gower. 1987.
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  • Mayhew, Pat. How Are We Faring on the Burglary Front?. Great Britain. Home Office. Research and Planning Unit. Research Studies.23, 42-47.1987.
  • Hough, Mike. The impact of victimisation: Findings from the British Crime Survey. Victimology.10, (1-4), 488-497.1985.
  • Hough, Mike, Mayhew, Pat. Taking Account of Crime: Key Findings from the Second British Crime Survey. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 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)

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

Home Office (United Kingdom). Research and Planning Unit (1987): British Crime Surveys, 1984. Archival Version. British Crime Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.