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British Crime Survey


Home Office

Subject Keywords: refer to the resource
Type: Dataset
Region: United Kingdom

The British Crime Survey (BCS) is one of the largest social surveys conducted in Britain. It is primarily a 'victimisation' survey, in which respondents are asked about the experiences of property crimes of the household (e.g. burglary) and personal crimes (e.g. theft from the person) which they themselves have experienced. The reference period to which these questions relate is from the first of January in the calendar year preceding the BCS, up to the date of interview. The reference period and indeed the wording of the series of questions which are asked to elicit victimisation experiences, have been held constant throughout the series of BCS surveys.

The BCS has been carried out in England and Wales eight times, in 1982, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000.



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Suggested citation:

Home Office. (2002) British Crime Survey [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24th August 2019].


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