. "Appendix E: Other Victimization Surveys: International and U.S. State and Local Experience." Surveying Victims: Options for Conducting the National Crime Victimization Survey. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2008.
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Surveying Victims: Options for Conducting the National Crime Victimization Survey
all, 1,602 completed questionnaires were received, for a response rate of 28 percent (Hiselman et al., 2005:v).
The first Maine Crime Victimization Survey was conducted in fall 2006 by the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, which houses the state’s SAC. A telephone questionnaire was administered to 803 adults (RDD until target sample size reached) between August and December 2006. The survey report (Rubin, 2007) indicates that the effort in Maine was modeled after Utah’s victimization survey (Haddon and Christenson, 2005), described below. The Maine survey also adopted questions on identity theft from the 2004 NCVS.
The Minnesota Crime Survey is one of the few state victimization surveys to be fielded multiple times on a semiregular basis (1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, and 2005). This three-year cycle has allowed the content of the survey to evolve over time; for instance, the 2002 survey added a question about perceived fear of a terrorist attack as well as additional questions on domestic abuse (Minnesota Justice Statistics Center, 2003). Conducted by Minnesota Planning, the survey is conducted by mail using driver’s license (or state-issued identification card) rolls as the sampling frame. Generally, the use of this frame means that the survey covers persons age 16 and older, since that is the legal age for obtaining a driver’s license; however, since identification cards can be issued to persons of any age, it is possible for someone under 16 to be selected for the survey.
The Minnesota survey used an advance-notice postcard to alert sampled respondents that a questionnaire should soon arrive, and a reminder postcard was issued if no response was received within three weeks. Survey collection ended after five weeks. In 2002, the survey obtained a 41.6 percent response rate on a mailout of 10,013 questionnaires.
Utah’s BJS-affiliated SAC is the Research and Data Unit of the state Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, in the office of the governor. In 2005, the Utah SAC conducted its third Utah Crime Victimization Survey; it used a 12-month reference period, so that respondents were asked to report crimes that occurred in calendar year 2004. However, the 2005 version of the survey also added a “lifetime victimization” question to each of the specific crime types covered by the survey. The 2005 survey also expanded a battery of questions about attitudes and perceptions of crime (e.g., “When