The British Crime Survey (BCS) was primarily a 'victimisation' survey for England and Wales (Scotland conducting its own crime survey - see Scottish Crime and Justice Survey). It is now called the Crime Survey for England and Wales. Respondents are asked about experiences of property and personal crimes which they themselves have experienced in 12 months prior to interview (including crimes not reported to the police). The scope of the BCS goes beyond the counting of criminal incidents, although it is for this estimate that it has become established as a definitive source of information. it has also been successful at developing special measures to measure the extent of domestic violence, stalking and sexual victimisation, which are probably least reported to police, but among the most serious of crimes in their impact on victims.
The dataset includes information from two sections of the survey:
Repeated cross-sectional study: approximately once every two years, changed to annually as of 2001.
Machine-readable documentation in Adobe PDF.
The full report for the 2010-11 British Crime Survey, is available on the Home Office website.
2002-03 survey written to CD-ROM 24/3/2006
SPSS portable files.
Users must register with the UK Data Service before receiving a copy of data files. Edinburgh University users may contact the Data Library for access.