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NCJ Number: 122176 Find in a Library
Title: National Crime Survey, 1973-1986: Strengths and Limitations of a Very Large Data Set (From Measuring Crime: Large-Scale, Long-Range Efforts, P 75-96, 1990, Doris Layton MacKenzie, Phyllis Jo Baunach, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-122173)
Author(s): J Garofalo
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Sale Source: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
755 Riverpoint Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95605
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After describing the nature of the National Crime Survey (NCS), this chapter discusses the characteristics of the NCS data set, the measurement of crime with victim surveys, and the limits of the NCS.
Abstract: The NCS program is a continuing survey of a probability sample of U.S. households to determine the frequency and nature of the criminal victimizations they have experienced. The NCS is designed to compile a more complete picture of crime than is possible by using only police statistics, which contain only reported criminal victimizations. Because of its large sample size and significant amount of information about individual victims and victimizations, the NCS is useful to researchers. Periodic questionnaire revisions and supplements have enhanced its utility over the years, and forthcoming changes will further enhance it. Some limitations of the NCS pertain to its failure to cover series victimizations, victimization contexts, and the process features of victimizations; measurement of assaultive crimes; use of panel features; geographical disaggregation; and timeliness.
Main Term(s): National crime surveys
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics; Data collections; Victimization surveys
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