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NCJ Number: 122920 Find in a Library
Title: Oregon Serious Crime Survey: 1987 Victimization Rates
Author(s): D Craven
Corporate Author: Oregon Crime Analysis Ctr
Executive Dept
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Oregon Crime Analysis Ctr
Salem, OR 97310
Grant Number: 88-BJ-CX-K028
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of over 1000 respondents, representative of the population of Oregon 15 years or older, answered a survey describing their victimization experiences during 1987, their attitudes toward the criminal justice system, and personal participation in crime prevention activities.
Abstract: In 1987, over 30 percent of respondents were victimized at least once, a 3.1 percent increase from 1985. Trends in property crimes (burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, vandalism, and attempts at each) increased between 1985 and 1987. However, these victimization rates are only estimates of the actual rates for all Oregonians and fall within the range where the true population rate is likely to fall. Use of a standardization methods, taking into account the probability of victimization and the sample size, is a more accurate way to assess trends. Another estimate of burglary rates is the number of burglaries reported to law enforcement agencies; survey respondents have consistently reported burglaries at a higher level than the national average. In 1987, however, a decrease in the reporting rate and an increase in victimization rate is reflected in the attenuated difference between the 1985 and 1987 official Oregon burglary rates. Assaults account for the majority of crimes against persons, but the survey responses did not indicate the severity of these assaults. There was also missing data regarding alcohol involvement in assaults. While lifetime victimization prevalence in Oregon is 61.8 percent, fear of crime and perceptions about justice system inadequacies may impact most negatively on the quality of life in the State. 3 figures, 4 tables.
Main Term(s): State crime statistics; Victimization surveys
Index Term(s): Fear of crime; Oregon; Public Opinion of Corrections
Note: CAC Research Report No 1
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