The most common victim survey was done by the British Crime Survey (BCS), which was carried out by the home office. In 1996, the BCS conducted a large victim survey which, involved over 16’000 victims.
The aim of the survey was to find out how many crimes people commit within the last year.
A victim survey is when a sample of people get asked whether they have ever committed a crime or crimes, and also what type of crimes they have committed.
The most well-known victim survey in Britain is the yearly British Crime Survey. This survey shows that crimes which are recorded by the police are twice as low as the crimes which are recorded by the BCS. This also helps to identify who are most at risk from these types of crimes.
A victim survey usually involves people who are or have been victims of crime. This type of survey helps to estimate the amount of crime which is committed in a community or a society.
The strengths of a victim survey is it allows local authorities to have an estimate of how many crimes are committed each year, as well as allow local authorities to be able to focus on the main type of crime which is committed the most and also it allows the emergency service to get fully equipped for the most common crime. They also provide information, which may not have been recorded by the local authorities. Victim surveys also provide an insight into criminal behaviour within society. The participates of a victim survey are allowed to be anonymous to whatever they write, they are also allowed to not answer any question that may make them feel uncomfortable.
The weaknesses of a victim survey is that it does not give the full picture or image of the amount of crimes committed, it also only gives an estimate, which is a guess on how much crime is committed. It also puts too much faith in the victims, because some victims may not admit to being involved or a victim of crime. Another weakness is that people may not think or remember that they are victims of crimes, thus not giving the full information. The victims of a victim survey may also feel embarrassed about admitting to crime they have been involved or being a victim of crime, for example abusive crimes.