|The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) (formerly the British Crime Survey (BCS)) provides an important source of information about levels of crime, public attitudes to crime and other related issues. The results play an important role in informing Home Office policy. The CSEW measures the amount of crime in England and Wales by asking people about crimes they have experienced in the last year. This includes crimes not reported to the police, so it is an important alternative to police records. Victims do not report crime for various reasons, and without the CSEW there would be no official source of information on these unreported crimes. Because members of the public are asked directly about their experiences, the survey also provides a consistent measure of crime that is unaffected by the extent to which crimes are reported to the police, or by changes in the criteria used by the police when recording crime. The CSEW also examines people's attitudes to crime, such as how much they fear crime and what measures they take to avoid it, and attitudes to the Criminal Justice System (CJS), including the police and the courts. For further information about the history of the CSEW and details of related survey series, see the main CSEW catalogue record.
CSEW/BCS Special Licence and Secure Access data:
Certain data from the CSEW/BCS are subject to more restrictive Special Licence or Secure Access conditions than the main survey. Prospective users of Special Licence or Secure Access CSEW/BCS data should contact the UK Data Service HelpDesk in the first instance:
- Self-completion modules: drug use; drinking behaviour; stolen goods; interpersonal violence (IPV): Information is gathered from adult respondents on these more sensitive issues by means of 'self-completion' modules in the questionnaire. The resulting data are kept separate from the main files and are subject to more restrictive access conditions. The module questionnaires are held within the main documentation for the survey year concerned. For IPV, data are gathered together from the questionnaire modules on domestic violence, stalking and sexual victimisation (probably the crimes least reported to the police, but among the most serious in their impact on victims). The IPV modules (or their separate components) fielded from 1996-2010/11 are available under Special Licence access, but from 2011/12 onwards IPV data are available only under Secure Access conditions.
- Children's self-completion data: From 2009/10, the CSEW/BCS was extended to children aged 10-15 years, resident in the households of adult respondents. A self-completion questionnaire, covering topics such as bullying, street gangs, weapon carrying, school issues, drinking behaviour and drug use, is also fielded to child respondents and the resulting data are held under Special Licence access conditions.
- Geographic variables: For the 2008/09 CSEW/BCS onwards, a low-level geographic variables dataset to match to the main survey data is also available under Special Licence access conditions.
- Other Special Licence data: A set of derived variables covering social heterogeneity, compiled from the 2006/07 CSEW/BCS is also held under SN 6422 and subject to Special Licence access conditions.
The British Crime Survey, 2008-2009: Special Licence Access, Low-level Geographic Data file comprises the following variables:
Prospective users should also order the main British Crime Survey, 2008-2009 (SN 6367).
- Rural and Urban Area Classification 2004
- Police Force Area
- ACORN Type (2001, updated 2006)
- ACORN Group (2001, updated 2006)
- ONS Ward Classification: Group (2001 Wards)
- ONS Ward Classification: Subgroup (2001 Wards)
- ONS District Level Classification: Group (2003)
- ONS District Level Classification: Subgroup (2003)
- Output Area Classification - Group (21 categories)
- Output Area Classification - Subgroup (52 categories)
- Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) (Sample definition)
- Police Force Area (name)
- Basic Command Unit
- Basic Command Unit (name
- Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
- Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (name)
Please see the main BCS 2008-2009 documentation, held under SN 6367.