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NCJ Number: 156444 Find in a Library
Title: Victim is a Victim is a Victim? Chronic Victimization in Four Sweeps of the British Crime Survey
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:35  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1995)  Pages:360-365
Author(s): D Ellingworth; G Farrell; K Pease
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper builds on previous work which identified the importance of multiple victimization in determining crime rates.
Abstract: Using the first four sweeps of the British Crime Survey, patterns of property and personal crime victimization are investigated, and the interdependence of incidents is established: the probability of a further victimization increases with each subsequent victimization. The authors compare the observed distribution and a hypothetical distribution which assumes that crime incidents are randomly distributed throughout a small number of chronic victims. The authors also make recommendations for the way official crime statistics are recorded: (1) Make short-term provision for incorporation of data on crime concentration; (2) Incorporate data which identify repeat events suffered by the same people or at the same location; (3) Give due weight to the phenomenon and circumstances of repeat victimization; (4) Use information about crime concentration in the rapprochement of crime prevention and victim support services; and (5) Encourage crime prevention endeavors concentrating on repeat victimization as having the virtues of prioritizing effort upon places and people at high risk of crime. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Crime Statistics; Crime surveys; Crimes against persons; Criminology; Property crime statistics; Statistics; United Kingdom (UK); Victim services; Victimization; Victims in foreign countries
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program
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