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NCJ Number: 97143 Find in a Library
Title: Crime in Nebraska - Criminal Victimization and Citizen Attitudes 1980
Corporate Author: Nebraska Cmssn on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Statistical Analysis Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data regarding Nebraskans' criminal victimization and attitudes toward crime and criminal justice, collected during the 1980 Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, are reported.
Abstract: Of the 1,916 respondents, almost 24 percent were victims of some offense, and more than 75 percent of all victimizations involved vandalism (33 percent) and larceny-theft (45 percent). Somewhat more than half of the offenses were reported to law enforcement authorities, with motor vehicle theft, robbery, and burglary being most frequently reported. Young, urban, and middle-income respondents were the most likely to have been victimized. Most respondents believed that crime levels had remained the same in their neighborhoods for 1 or 2 years prior to the survey, and 24 percent of the respondents had taken some steps to make their houses more secure against crime. Economic conditions and drug problems (including alcohol abuse) were the most often cited crime causes. Thirty-five percent of the respondents were satisfied with the performance of their local police. Finally, the majority of respondents (72 percent) believed that the courts were to lenient in dealing with persons charged with crimes; only 2 percent said the courts were too strict. Included are 22 figures.
Index Term(s): Nebraska; Public Opinion of Crime; Public Opinion of the Courts; Public Opinion of the Police; Statistical Analysis Centers; Victimization surveys
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