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NCJ Number: 78440 Find in a Library
Title: Who Called the Cops? An Empirical Study of Burglary Reporting Behavior
Author(s): M K Block; F C Nold; D Weller
Corporate Author: Hoover Institution
Ctr for Econometric Studies of the Justice System
Stanford University
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Hoover Institution
Stanford, CA 94305
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-NI-AX-0071
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Empirical data were used to develop a model for a household's decision to report a burglary, using as explanatory variables the household's demographic and socioeconomic characteristics as well as the particulars of the burglary itself.
Abstract: Based on National Crime Panel (NCP) city surveys, a sample of from 16,000 to 18,000 burglaries was selected for the study. The sample was divided into categories on the basis of wealth, and the model was estimated separately for each category. Victimization data for 1973 and 1974 were used in the estimations. Findings indicated that loss and property damage were the major influences in the reporting decision, regardless of income level. The magnitude of the effect increased as either the level of the loss or the level of property damage increased, thus increasing the probability that the household would report the incident. Insurance had a positive effect on reporting, but age of household head and rent had a relatively weak influence. Overall, this estimated model was capable of accurately predicting reporting behavior in four cities not used in the primary estimation. Data tables, four references, and appendixes presenting a glossary of variables and NCP questions used to produce variables are furnished.
Index Term(s): Burglary; Citizen crime reporting; Economic influences; Models
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