Abi (abigailb) wrote,

We were watching the 2010 series of Futurama last night when someone from the British Crime Survey came, to interview me about my experiences and perceptions of crime.

The perception stuff was very difficult to answer, I was for example asked whether I reckoned crime was going up or down in the area (which I have lived in for all of 2 months), and whether it was high or low compared to the national average, what I thought of the efficacy of the police, the CPS, the courts, the prisons and the probation service. Not all the questions relating to change were phrased with a specific time-frame, which seemed a bit dodgy. I was also asked what newspapers I read. I didn't know they collected that - that implies that they have data showing correlation of crime perception vs. newspapers. I'm going to see if I can dig that up.

I was asked whether I had been a victim of crime in the last 12 months (no), whether I'd witnessed various things (none I could think of). For a good part of the survey, I was handed the computer myself to directly answer questions, without the surveyor knowing the answers. These were mostly on drug use and sexual assault (and one question asking my sexual orientation). Drugs questions asked both whether I had done them and whether I had heard of them. I spent some time trying to remember the answer to one of these.

The oddest question on the survey asked me whether I had been sent various forms of 419 scams (er, yes, lots. doesn't everyone?).

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