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Using Network Sampling in Crime Victimization Surveys

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Date Published
January 1990
22 pages
Since criminal victimizations are statistically rare events, surveys to estimate rates of victimization are difficult and expensive. In this paper, we examine the advantages of network sampling over traditional methods for conducting crime victimization surveys. Data set archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, located at URL http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/nacjd.
Network sampling links population households in specified ways, for reporting purposes, in order to increase the probabilities of locating households with particular characteristics. We conducted a reverse record check field experiment to test whether telephone surveys using network sampling is feasible to collect crime victimization data. Three types of crime -- burglary, robbery, and assault -- were tested along with two types of networks -- relatives and co-workers/close friends. This paper examines the extent to which victims report their victimization experiences in a general crime and victimization interview and the extent to which a randomly selected relative or close friend will report the same victimization incident in an identical interview. A number of multiplicity counting rules are compared in terms of reporting errors and a mean square error analysis. 6 tables, 37 references. (Author abstract)

Date Published: January 1, 1990