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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 185351     Find in a Library
Title: Coordinated Response to Motor Vehicle Thefts: Evaluation of Enforcement and Crime Prevention Efforts
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  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Roni Melton ; Darlanne Hoctor ; Susan Pennell
Corporate Author: San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
United States of America
Date Published: 11/1995
Page Count: 18
  Annotation: This study evaluates enforcement and prevention efforts against motor vehicle thefts.
Abstract: The study includes an overview of motor vehicle theft in San Diego County, CA; results from interviews with staff of the San Diego Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT); description of the creation of a crime analysis and mapping system; and identification and implementation of strategies in target and control areas throughout the county of San Diego. The primary goal of the study was to test the effectiveness of using enhanced crime analysis information for targeting investigations initiated by the RATT and focusing public education and prevention efforts to reduce motor vehicle thefts. The most frequently used strategies were data analysis, surveillance, business investigations and use of informants. Strategies used by RATT to reduce auto theft increased punishment of offenders and educated the citizenry. Specific methods for effective implementation of public education efforts included increasing media coverage and holding community meetings. These methods are under consideration for implementation in target areas. Tables, figures, references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Community support ; Public information ; Motor Vehicle Theft ; Media coverage ; Media support ; Public education ; Community involvement ; NIJ grant-related documents ; California
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 94-IJ-CX-0027
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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