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NCJ Number: NCJ 205123     Find in a Library
Title: Carjacking, 1993-2002
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Patsy Klaus
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 07/2004
Page Count: 2
  Series: BJS Crime Data Briefs
  Annotation: This report presents data for carjackings that occurred in the United States between 1993 and 2002.
Abstract: Carjacking is defined as completed or attempted robbery of a motor vehicle by a stranger to the victim. It differs from other motor vehicle theft because the victim is present and the offender uses or threatens to use force. The report presents information on demographic characteristics of the victims such as race, gender, and income; and characteristics of the incident such as time and place of occurrence, weapon use, police reporting, and whether the motor vehicle was recovered. Highlights include the following: carjacking rates were higher on average during the first 5 years of the 1993-2002 period (2.1 per 10,000 persons each year) than during the last 5 years (1.3 per 10,000); carjacking victimization rates were highest in urban areas, followed by suburban and rural areas; 93 percent of carjackings occurred in cities or suburbs; a weapon was used in 74 percent of carjacking victimizations; firearms were used in 45 percent of carjackings, knives in 11 percent, and other weapons in 18 percent.
Main Term(s): Offense statistics
Index Term(s): Weapons ; Citizen crime reporting ; Stolen property recovery ; Victim profiles ; Carjacking
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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