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British Crime Survey, 2000: Teaching Dataset

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SN: 4740
Title: British Crime Survey, 2000: Teaching Dataset
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4740-1
Depositor: University of Manchester. Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. ESDS Government
Principal investigator(s): University of Manchester. Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. ESDS Government
Original data producer(s): Home Office. Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
National Centre for Social Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Higher Education Funding Councils. Joint Information Systems Committee
Home Office
Other acknowledgements: The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) were funded to compile this teaching dataset by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
The Home Office funded the main British Crime Survey, 2000, from which this dataset has been compiled, and the National Centre for Social Research collected the original data.


The citation for this study is:

University of Manchester. Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. ESDS Government. (2003). British Crime Survey, 2000: Teaching Dataset. [data collection]. Home Office. Research, Development and Statistics Directorate, National Centre for Social Research, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 4740,

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Subject Categories

Crime and law enforcement - Law, crime and legal systems
Teaching packages and test datasets - Reference and instructional resources


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The British Crime Survey, 2000 (BCS) Teaching Dataset has been prepared solely for the purpose of teaching and student use. The dataset will help class tutors to incorporate empirical data into their courses and thus to develop student skills in quantitative methods of analysis. Many of the names of the variables and value labels are those used in the original BCS files. However, some variables have been recoded for ease of use and may vary from the original BCS data. The original BCS 2000 dataset is held at the UKDA under SN:4463. (Note that the main British Crime Survey has now become the Crime Survey for England and Wales, but titles of older studies in the series remain the same.)

Main Topics:
The BCS teaching dataset contains 55 variables taken from and 19,411 cases, taken from the main BCS 2000 survey (see under SN:4463). The cases are drawn from the core sample of adults aged 16 and over, resident in England and Wales. The original BCS 2000 dataset also contained an ethnic minority booster sample, but this has been excluded from the teaching dataset to avoid complexity.

Most of the variables included within the teaching dataset are individual variables, and require individual based analysis. It is important to use the individual weight variable (weighta) where such analysis is concerned. A few household variables are also included in the file, however, such as 'mottheft', 'motstole' or 'yrdeface'. The household weight variable (weightb) should be used for the analysis of these variables.

Topics covered in the data include accommodation, area of residence, socio-demographic characteristics, economic status, educational attainment, social class, fear of crime, crime rate and other related problems in the area and personal experience of crime.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 2000 - 1st January 1999 to date of interview (13-14 months)
Country: England and Wales
Spatial units: Standard Statistical Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
National sample of households and individuals aged 16 and over in England and Wales. One adult selected per household.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
compiled using data from the 2000 wave of the BCS, a repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 19,411 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
survey conducted using laptop computers (CAPI)
Weighting: Please see documentation for details of weighting variables
Data sources: British Crime Survey, 2000 (held under SN:4463).

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 20 November 2003
Copyright: Crown copyright held jointly with the Economic and Social Data Service. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland.
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
User Guide 4740userguide.pdf 725
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_4740_Information.htm 7
READ File read4740.txt 8


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Resulting from secondary analysis:
Data from the British Crime Survey, 2000: Teaching Dataset has been used for the following textbook:
Tarling, R. (2008) Statistical modelling for social researchers: principles and practice, Oxford: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-44840-6. The book's companion web site includes downloadable datasets and further information: retrieved 26 January, 2009, from


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