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date: 31 March 2020

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This chapter considers the history, development, and uses of crime victimization surveys. Offering a wide view of the topic at hand, discussion ranges from the historical development and political economy of crime surveys to consideration of the many methodological challenges they face. A key thread running through the chapter, however, is that although they face many intractable problems, crime surveys are indispensible in terms of generating insight into temporal change in levels of crime and investigating the distribution of various forms of victimization across the population. Despite growing budgetary constraints, victimization surveys look set to continue as part of academic and policy attempts to “know” crime.

Keywords: Victimization survey, crime survey, survey methodology, crime rates, victim survey, crime survey, dark figure, crime governance

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