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NCJ Number: NCJ 151172     Find in a Library
Title: National Crime Victimization Survey Redesign: Technical Background
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Corporate Author: U.S. Census Bureau
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 11
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: These briefing materials on the redesigned National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) summarize the changes to the questionnaire and procedures, as well as their impact.
Abstract: The methods by which these changes were phased in are presented, followed by a detailed comparison of the new and old questionnaires and procedures, along with reasons why these new methods produce higher crime rates. The discussion notes reasons for differences in violent crime rates because of the new and old screener questions, as well as reasons for differences in burglary rates, theft and household larceny rates, crime rates, and the percentage of crimes reported to the police. A major reclassification scheme has shifted most of what were previously categorized as personal crimes of theft into property crimes of theft. Under the old scheme, theft was characterized as a personal or household crime based on the location of the incident. The redesigned NCVS classifies all thefts as household thefts unless there was contact between victim and offender. Personal thefts with contact (purse-snatching and pocket-picking) are now the only types of theft that are categorized as personal theft. The overlap between the old and new NCVS methods is also discussed. 4 tables
Main Term(s): Victimization surveys
Index Term(s): Questionnaires ; Data collection ; National crime surveys
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
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Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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