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National Crime Victimization Survey Local-Area Crime Survey Kit

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Date Published
April 2020
135 pages

This kit provides local jurisdictions with guidance on how to conduct the Local-Area Crime Survey (LACS) and analyze the results. The LACS was adapted from the National Crime Victimization Survey as part of BJS’s efforts to build a program to estimate victimization at subnational levels. 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