"Reporting Crimes to the Police: The Status of World Research." Journal of Research
in Crime and Delinquency, 21 (May, 1984), pp.113-137.
Since the mid-1960s there has been a great deal of interest around the world in the use of
sample surveys of the general population to study crime. The advantages of doing so have
been discussed in detail many times (National Research Council, 1976l Biderman, 1967).
Crime surveys have been conducted in many nations, a practice that is continuing despite their
heavy costs. Large-scale national surveys have been conducted in the United States, the
Netherlands, Australia, Great Britain, and Sweden. Smaller but regular national studies have
been carried out in the rest of Scandinavia, and there has been a national survey in Spain.
There have been large surveys of victimization in individual cities in Germany, Switzerland, end
England. Canada has completed very large studies of seven major cities, including two surveys
of Vancouver, and the Israeli Census Bureau has added victimization questions to a national
survey. In addition, small but useful city studies have been conducted in Mexico, Columbia,
Israel, and Belgium. The four islands that make up the Dutch Antilles also have been surveyes.
The findings of these surveys have accumulated to the point where it is possible to perceive
cross-national regularities – or clear inconsistencies–in what they reveal.