ERIC Number: ED297246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Motor Vehicle Theft. Special Report.
Harlow, Caroline Wolf
Thirteen years of data from the National Crime Survey were analyzed to examine the characteristics of motor vehicle theft, to identify trends during the past 13 years, and to determine who are most likely to be victims of motor vehicle theft. All motor vehicle thefts reported to the National Crime Survey from 1973 through 1985 were examined. Between 1973 and 1985, there were 12,338,000 motor vehicles thefts in the United States, and 7,097,000 attempted thefts. The number of motor vehicles stolen declined 33% during the 1973-1985 period, from 9 to 6 per 1,000 registered vehicles. Motor vehicle thefts, whether completed or attempted, most often took place at night; vehicles were most often parked near the victim's home, in noncommercial parking lots, or on the street. A household member was present in about nine percent of all motor vehicle thefts, and in three percent the offender either threatened or physically attacked the victim. Stolen motor vehicles were recovered in 62% of the incidents. Almost 9 in 10 completed motor vehicle thefts were reported to the police. Blacks, Hispanics, households headed by persons under age 25, people living in multiple-dwelling units, residents of central cities, and low-income households were among those most likely to be victimized by motor vehicle theft. Those least likely to experience a motor vehicle theft included individuals age 55 and older, people who owned their own homes, and those living in rural areas. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.