you leave your home, how often do you think about it being broken into or vandalized?”).

Unlike its predecessors—covering crimes in 2000 and 2002—the 2005 administration of the Utah victimization survey was the first to be conducted by telephone. Households were reached by RDD, with calls made until a target sample size was achieved. The 2005 administration of the survey included 2,002 interviews and found that 41.3 percent of the respondents had been a victim of one of the crimes covered by the survey in 2004, a slight increase from 2002’s estimate of 36.6 percent (Haddon and Christenson, 2005:4).

The Utah SAC conducted a separate study—focused on women age 18 and older—specific to rape and sexual violence. Comparing this survey to the state victimization survey, Haddon and Christenson (2005:18–19) note that the separate study’s findings about the likelihood of a respondent’s having been raped sometime during her lifetime were “not unlike those of the 2004 victimization survey”; however, the standalone survey suggested a much lower level of reporting to the police. They conclude that the lower reporting total “is likely more accurate in that [the rape survey] included a much larger group of individuals who had been sexually victimized.”


With support from BJS, the Wyoming Statistical Analysis Center (2004) and the Wyoming Division of Victim Services fielded a victimization survey in October 2003. The survey was conducted by random-digit dialing with an extension list stratified by county with selection probability proportional to population size. The survey yielded 1,439 interviews.

Anticipating a relatively low victimization rate, the survey was structured so that interviews did not simply end if a respondent indicated no incidents in the screener questions. Instead, those respondents were routed through a set of questions on attitudes toward criminal justice and awareness of the Division of Victim Services, and those respondents who did experience victimizations were guided through the analog of the NCVS incident form.

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