National Crime Vicitimization Survey

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"National Crime Vicitimization Survey" Submitted to Grantham University By Ken Thomson 12/19/2013 The Bureau of Justice Statistics started sponsoring the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) in 1973. These surveys provide a detailed picture of crime incidents, victims, and trends. The surveys are gathered due to more then half of victims not reporting their experiences to the police which means they can not measure all the annual criminal activity. Not only do they provide information on criminal incidents that have occurred, but also sees who is at risk of falling victim to crime. This information also shows where and when individuals are most likely to become victimized. Victim surveys also provide more detailed information on crime events than did national data systems based on police records. These surveys would ask respondents to provide information on themselves, the offenders, the nature of the crime, and the context in which it occurred. While this type of information may have been available in local police files, it was not assembled nationally by agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in a form that allowed easy access. Moreover, the detail available in police files varied substantially, depending on the willingness of police officers to ask victims systematically for the specifics of crime events. The are many positive factors in conducting these surveys. First of all there is the advantage that the rich qualitative data is anonymous which protect the individuals being surveyed. Another positive factor is that the surveys are easy to administer and cheaper then other methods. These surveys are very nice because, they allow these respondents to explain there experiences in their own words. People like this because they know that what they say is protected which allows them to be comfortable with explaining their
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