Criminal Victimisation in International Perspective

Criminology and victimology / Willingness to report a crime

Criminal Victimisation in International Perspective

Key findings from the 2004-2005 ICVS and EU ICS


This report presents the key results of the crime victim surveys that were carried out as part of the fifth sweep of the International Crime Victim Surveys (ICVS) conducted in 2004/2005. A large portion of the these data are derived from the European Survey on Crime and Safety (EU ICS), organised by a consortium lead by Gallup Europe and co-financed by the European Commission, DGRTD. Wherever possible, results on 2004 have been compared with results from surveys carried out in earlier rounds since 1989.
The ICVS and EU ICS cover ten conventional crimes, broken down into vehicle related crimes (theft of a car, theft from a car, theft of a motorcycle or moped, theft of a bicycle), burglary, attempted burglary, theft of personal property and contact crimes (robbery, sexual offences and assault & threat). In most countries in this report, questions have been added to the questionnaire on experiences with street level corruption, consumer fraud, including internet-based fraud and credit card theft, drug-related problems and hate crime. For most categories of crime trends over time can be studied in a broad selection of countries. Other subjects covered by the questionnaire are reporting to the police, satisfaction with the police, distribution and need of victim support, fear of crime, use of preventive measures and attitudes towards sentencing. This report presents data from 30 countries, including the majority of developed nations. Also the data from 33 main cities of a selection of developed and developing countries are presented in this report. Altogether data are presented from 38 different countries.
A full text translation of this report in Spanish is also available.



  1. Introduction
  2. Victimisation by any comon crime
  3. Victimisation by vehicle related crimes
  4. Victimisation by burglary and other theft
  5. Victimisation by contact crimes
  6. Victimisation by non-conventional crimes
  7. Victimisation trends
  8. Victimisation and police recorded crime
  9. Reporting crimes to the police and victim satisfaction
  10. Victim support
  11. Fear of crime
  12. Security precautions
  13. Public attitudes to law enforcement
  14. Public opinion and punishment
  15. Twenty years of comparitive crime victim surveying

1. Authors and institutions behind the ICVS
2. List of tables and graphs
3. Coverage of the fifth sweep of surveys
4. Trends in response rates
5. Summary of methodology by country
6. Statistical significance
7. Weighting procedure
8. The questionnaire
9. Additional tables

Publication data

Dijk, J. van, Kesteren, J. van, Smit, P.
WODC, Tilburg University, UNICRI, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Place of publication:
The Hague
Boom Juridische uitgevers
Year of publication:
Onderzoek en beleid 257

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