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British Crime Survey 2007-2008: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset

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SN: 6891
Title: British Crime Survey 2007-2008: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6891-1
Series: UK Data Service Unrestricted Access Teaching Datasets
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
BMRB. Social Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Higher Education Funding Councils. Joint Information Systems Committee
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, 2007-2008, (BCS) from which this dataset has been compiled. The depositors would like to thank the Home Office for their permission to repurpose the data.

The dataset was prepared by Sarah King-Hele of the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research, University of Manchester.


The citation for this study is:

University of Manchester. Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research. ESDS Government. (2011). British Crime Survey 2007-2008: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset. [data collection]. Home Office. Research, Development and Statistics Directorate, BMRB. Social Research, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 6891, Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0

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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 2007-2008: Unrestricted Access Teaching Dataset is based on the British Crime Survey, 2007-2008 (available from the UK Data Archive under SN 6066) and constitutes real data which are used by the Home Office and are behind many media headlines. The teaching dataset is a subset which has been subjected to certain simplifications and additions for the purpose of learning and teaching. (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.)

The main differences are:
  • only respondents who completed Module B (attitudes to the Criminal Justice System) of the BCS, 2007-2008 are included
  • the number of variables has been reduced
  • weighting has been simplified
  • a reduced codebook is provided
  • additional continuous variables have been created (using factor analysis of pre-existing variables) in order to facilitate their use in quantitative methods classes
Further information is available in the study documentation (below) which includes a dataset user guide and additional notes for teachers.

Differences between the unrestricted dataset and the standard access BCS teaching dataset:
Note that SN 6561, the British Crime Survey 2007-2008: Teaching Dataset contains a larger subset of BCS 2007-2008 variables than the unrestricted version, and is only available to registered users of the UK Data Service.

Main Topics:
The variables cover:
  • fear of crime
  • opinions about crime and anti-social behaviour in the area
  • experience of crime
  • socio-demographics
  • accommodation and area characteristics

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: The BCS covers experiences of crime in the 12 months prior to interview
Dates of fieldwork: April 2007 - March 2008
Country: England and Wales
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults aged 16 and over in private households in England and Wales during 2007-2008.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
The BCS is an annual cross-sectional study, but this teaching dataset has been compiled using only data from the 2007-2008 survey.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 11,676 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Compilation or synthesis of existing material
The BCS is collected by a face-to-face interview but the teaching dataset has been created by simplifying and altering the original data.
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.
Data sources: The data are taken from the British Crime Survey, 2007-2008, which is available from the UK Data Archive under SN 6066.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 10 November 2011
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 not required.
Please note: This unrestricted access teaching dataset is freely available to download under an Open Government Licence.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch


Zip files contain data, documentation and licence details

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SPSS (Zip) 1191[MD5Checksum: 3D5B0D14B6A17DDA9A88D0A07A3D02EC]
Stata (Zip) 1109[MD5Checksum: 883EE2E3A4D13DAFCF6D077500A75399]
Tab-delimited (Zip) 1350[MD5Checksum: E0B5283A7800794F187D1442DB776764]


Title File Name Size (KB)
Notes for Teachers 6891_notes_for_teachers.pdf 558
User Guide 6891_user_guide.pdf 397
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6891_Information.htm 7
READ File read6891.htm 11


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