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Welcome to the National Survey of Crime and Safety (NSCS).
A national survey on crime and safety issues.
To start your survey, please enter the Access Code which was
included in red in your invitation letter

About the Survey

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What is the National Survey of Crime and Safety?

The NSCS is a national survey that is collecting information on crime and safety issues in communities in the United States.

The primary goal of the NSCS is to provide information about people’s experiences with victimization and crime in the past year. The NSCS is adapted from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), administered by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The NCVS is the nation’s only source of information about crime victimization not reported to the police.

Current NCVS content was developed in 1992; our communities and the nature of crime have changed in the years since then; the NSCS has been designed to fill these gaps.

NCVS data, like those shown in Figure 1, are used to track trends in crime and safety and develop policies.

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Figure 1.

2017 Personal Crimes

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2017 Property Crimes

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Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2017

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What information is collected on this survey?

  • Types and numbers of crimes experienced
  • Details of crimes, including:
  • When and where crimes occur
  • Economic loss
  • Injuries
  • Police involvement
  • Weapons used
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Why should I participate?

Your cooperation is important to help ensure that the federal government has accurate and reliable information about crime and safety in neighborhoods like yours. Your address has been scientifically selected to represent your own household and hundreds more like it. We think you will find the survey interesting, and you will be helping the U.S. Department of Justice to understand crime and safety issues in different communities around the U.S.

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Who is being surveyed?

The NSCS is a study of all persons age 12 or older. The web survey will include each adult in your household, and will ask parents/guardians for permission to survey any youth ages 12 to 17 who live there.

Do I have to participate?

Participation in this study is voluntary, but your participation will help ensure that the results of the study accurately represent your community. You can skip any question that you don’t want to answer and can stop the interview at any time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The NSCS asks about people’s experiences with crime in the last 12 months, regardless of whether these experiences were reported to the police. The survey is asked of adults and youth age 12 or older in selected U.S. households.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics within the Department of Justice has asked Westat, a research organization based in Rockville, Maryland, to conduct the study.

Selected households are asked a short web survey to determine who is eligible to take part in the study. Then, each person in your household who is eligible will be invited to fill out the NSCS survey online.

Your address was scientifically selected to be a part of our sample.

Between 15 – 35 minutes, depending on your experiences with crime.

All the information you give to this study will be kept private.

  • Your answers will not be connected with your name.
  • Your name and contact information will be kept separately in secure computer files.

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Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 minutes. These estimates include the time for reviewing instructions, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

For more information about this study, please contact:

Bureau of Justice Statistics


Jennifer Truman

810 7th ST., NW
Washington, DC 20531

Westat


Jean Hicks, NSCS Help

1600 Research Blvd
Rockville, MD 20850

Institutional Review Board (IRB)


For questions about your rights and welfare as a research participant, please call:

Please leave a message with your first name, the name of the research study that you are calling about (National Survey of Crime and Safety), and a phone number beginning with the area code. A Westat IRB representative will return your call as soon as possible.