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British Crime Survey, 2000: X4L SDiT Teaching Dataset

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SN: 4918
Title: British Crime Survey, 2000: X4L SDiT Teaching Dataset
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4918-1
Depositor: Corti, L., University of Essex. UK Data Archive
Principal investigator(s): Corti, L., University of Essex. UK Data Archive
Original data producer(s): Home Office. Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
National Centre for Social Research
Sponsor(s): Higher Education Funding Councils. Joint Information Systems Committee
Other acknowledgements: The Exchange for Learning Programme (X4L) Survey Data in Teaching Project (SDiT) was based at the University of Essex. It was run as a partnership between the UK Data Archive and Department of Government (both University of Essex), and Colchester Sixth Form College. The project team responsible for the BCS 2000 X4L SDiT Teaching Dataset included Louise Corti, Jack Kneeshaw, Jon Mulberg and Nadeem Ahmad, all based at the UK Data Archive.


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Corti, L. (2004). British Crime Survey, 2000: X4L SDiT Teaching Dataset. [data collection]. Home Office. Research, Development and Statistics Directorate, National Centre for Social Research, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 4918,

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


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The British Crime Survey, 2000: X4L SDiT Teaching Dataset (BCS) is a stripped-down version of the full BCS 2000 study held as study number 4463 at the UK Data Archive. The dataset is drawn from the 'non-victim' BCS data and contains just 33 variables, some broadbanded to protect respondent confidentiality. The dataset forms part of a wider SDiT project, which is accessible via the X4L - SDiT (Survey Data in Teaching) project web site. This project aimed to improve data literacy for students of survey methods and statistics. The full teaching materials and outputs from the project are available in the documentation table of this record (see below).

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. (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.) Because members of the public are asked directly about victimisation, the BCS provides a record of the experience of crime which is unaffected by variations in the behaviour of victims about reporting the incident to the police, and variations over time and between places in the police practices about recording crime. The scope of the BCS goes well beyond the counting of criminal incidents, although it is for this estimate that it has become established as a definitive source of information. In order to classify incidents, the BCS collects extensive information about the victims of crime, the circumstances in which incidents occur and the behaviour of offenders in committing crimes. In this way, the survey provides information to inform crime reduction measures and to gauge their effectiveness. The BCS has been successful at developing special measures to estimate the extent of domestic violence, stalking and sexual victimisation, which are probably the least-reported to the police but among the most serious of crimes in their impact on victims.
Main Topics:
The main topics covered in the X4L dataset are fear of crime, assessment of police, and issues of 'crime and punishment'.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1st January 1999 to date of interview (13-14 months)
Dates of fieldwork: 2000
Country: England and Wales
Spatial units: Standard Statistical Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
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 BCS documentation for details of weighting variables
Data sources: British Crime Survey, 2000 (held at the UK Data Archive under SN 4463).

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 24 May 2004
Copyright: Crown copyright held jointly with the UK Data Archive, University of Essex. 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. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
BCS 2000 Technical Report Part 1 (for background) a4918uab.pdf 7793
BCS 2000 Technical Report Part 2 (for background) a4918ubb.pdf 3764
BCS Training Guide (for background) a4918ucb.pdf 424
SDiT Final Report finalreport.pdf 291
SDiT Glossary glossary.pdf 697
Documentation index in4918.pdf 83
SDiT Key Skills keyskills.pdf 1242
SDiT Module 1: Tracking Crime module1.pdf 410
SDiT Module 2: Theories about Crime module2.pdf 545
SDiT Module 2 Appendix: Crime and Political Parties module2appendix.pdf 365
SDiT Module 3: Gathering Evidence module3.pdf 699
SDiT Module 4: Examining Evidence module4.pdf 968
SDiT Module 4 Appendix: Reliability of Results module4appendix.pdf 222
SDiT Module 5: Searching for Evidence module5.pdf 946
SDiT Module 6: Browsing and Analysing Evidence module6.pdf 1095
SDiT Resources Pack resourcesguide.pdf 1491
SDiT Tutor Guide tutorsguide.pdf 2728
SDiT X4L Brochure x4lbrochure.pdf 575
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_4918_Information.htm 6
READ File read4918.txt 7


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