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Current study reveals that the British Crime Survey underestimates the number of repeat crimes
that occur in the same areas to the same people. In 1992, the survey reported 63% of all property
crimes and 77% of all personal crimes were committed against people who had already suffered
such crimes in the same time period. This is an underestimate because the survey limits the
number of victim forms which a victim can complete. Current crime statistic gathering methods
do not reflect this fact of repeat crime victimization.