The Crime victimisation survey


The "Living environment and security" crime victimisation survey:

Victimisation and perceptions with regard to security


Since 2007, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) and National Observatory of Crime and Criminal Justice (ONDRP) have been conducting an annual crime victimisation survey. In 2015, the Ministerial Statistics Department for Internal Security (SSMSI) joined them in running the survey.

Some 16,500 individuals are surveyed every year in this context. They represent the 51 million Mainland France residents who are at least 14 years of age.

The survey involves asking them about any crimes of which they could have been a victim in the recent past (within the two years leading up to the survey) and about their security perceptions and observations.

The survey consists of three questionnaires.

The "household" questionnaire focuses on household property crime (thefts, acts of vandalism associated with homes and vehicles). An Insee investigator puts the questions to the reference person of the household.

The "individual" questionnaire has been written for individuals over 13 years of age. The respondent is asked about any personal theft, violence, threats or insults s/he may have suffered.

The "self-administered" questionnaire has been written for men and women aged between 18 and 75 years old. A specific protocol makes it possible to broach particularly sensitive subjects, such as sexual assault, in a highly confidential manner.

From the interviews, conducted in person at the respondent's home, it is possible, among other things, to work out the numbers and proportions of victims, whether or not they have formally reported the crime.