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National Crime Victimization Survey Local-Area Crime Survey: Field Test Methodology Report

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Date Published
April 2020
419 pages

This report describes the methodology and results of the field test of the Local-Area Crime Survey (LACS), which was adapted from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) as part of BJS’s efforts to build a program to estimate victimization at subnational levels. The report discusses the sample design, methods of data collection, response rates, and estimation procedures. It also compares survey results across versions of the LACS instrument and with the NCVS and the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The survey was administered in 2015 and 2016 to residents in the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. It collected data on residents’ experience with victimization and on their perceptions of police and community safety. It is available for potential use by states, municipalities, and other jurisdictions.

Date Published: April 2, 2020