Victimization and Fear of Crime among Arab Americans in Metro-Detroit 2014

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Wu, Yuning
  • Klahm, Charles
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
Arab Americans; burglary; crime; crime prevention; crime reporting; ethnic discrimination; fear of crime; hate crimes; neighborhood characteristics; neighborhood conditions; opinions; police; police performance; robbery; vandalism; victimization; violent crime
  • Abstract

    These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed.This study examines the experiences of Arab versus non-Arab households with crime and their relationships with and attitudes towards the police in their communities. Face to face interviews were conducted in 414 households. Data were analyzed to gauge respondents' level of fear regarding crime and other factors that affect their risk of victimization.This collection includes one SPSS data file: "Arab_study_data.sav" with 201 variables and 414 cases and one SPSS syntax file: "Arab_study_syntax.sps".
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this project was threefold: To investigate Arab American's experiences with crime and factors that affect their risks of victimization ; To examine Arab Americans' fear of crime and correlates of such fear; To assess Arab Americans' perceptions of the local police;
  • Methods

    This project was conducted in the Detroit metropolitan area. Data were collected between June and July, 2014. The project employed 10 interviewers, 8 of whom were bilingual, to conduct face-to-face survey interviews with 211 Arab American residents and 203 non-Arab American residents from randomly selected households in the areas. Survey questionnaires were prepared in both English and standard Arabic versions to suit respondents' preferences. On average, an interview took the participants 30-40 minutes to complete. A $20 gift card was provided to the respondents as a sign of appreciation.
  • Methods

    This study features a single dataset (Arab_study_data.sav) comprised of 201 variables and 414 cases collected from households in the Metro-Detroit area. The variables relate to: Crime Victimization: Respondents were asked about their experience with six crime types (vandalism, burglary, car theft/break-in, verbal threat, assault, and robbery) during the past three years.; Offender-victim relationship: For each crime type, respondents who reported being a victim were asked about their relationship with the offender(s) during the most recent incident.; Crime prevention measures: Respondents were asked if they had taken any measures at their current home to avoid being a victim of crime or reduce its impact, as well as if they used any avoidance/deterrence techniques while away from home.; Levels of fear of crime: Respondents were asked to rate their levels of fear of fifteen different types of crime that they might experience in Metro-Detroit on a 10-point scale ranging from 1 (not afraid at all) to 10 (very afraid).; Perceptions of Police: Respondents were asked about their experiences with the police, including their perception of equal treatment and effectiveness, and their willingness to cooperate with the police to solve crimes.;
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: Several Likert-type scales were used.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) cooperation rate was 66.1 percent.
  • Abstract


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2014-06--2014-07
  • 2014-06 / 2014-07
  • Collection date: 2014-06--2014-07
  • 2014-06 / 2014-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult residents of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Smallest Geographic Unit: city
A probability sampling strategy was used. A random number generator function was used to select household addresses from the list of residential parcels acquired from each city's assessor's office. Following address selection, the interviewers went door-to-door to introduce the project and invite residents to participate.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2013-IJ-CX-0020).
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36418 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2018-01-29 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2018-01-29