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Title: Motor Vehicle Theft: Crime and Spatial Analysis in a Non-Urban Region
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Author(s): Deborah Lamm Weisel ; William R. Smith ; G. David Garson ; Alexi Pavlichev ; Julie Wartell
Date Published: 08/2006
Page Count: 169
  Annotation: This report presents findings from a 2003 study of vehicle thefts in a four-county region of western North Carolina composed primarily of small towns and unincorporated areas.
Abstract: A total of 633 vehicle thefts were recorded by police in 2003. The thefts were widely dispersed, with 235 of the 248 census block groups in the region having at least 1 theft. Vehicle thefts were significantly higher in areas with higher concentrations of rental housing and in areas with manufacturing or industrial land use. In contrast to vehicle theft in urban areas, business premises were common theft locations, particularly car dealerships and repair shops. A significantly high number of vehicles other than cars and trucks were stolen, including ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) and mopeds. These findings suggest using crime prevention strategies that limit access and/or increase security at specific types of locations, such as car dealerships and industrial sites, including holding business owners accountable for increasing vehicle security and preventing thefts. The security of vehicles should also be increased in areas with high concentrations of rental housing, such as securing parking lots or increasing natural or formal surveillance. There should be public education campaigns that instruct vehicle owners in the securing of their vehicles. In order to assess the accuracy and usefulness of crime and spatial analysis for vehicle theft, incident reports for 2003 were collected from 11 law enforcement agencies in the Western Piedmont region of the State. Because of the absence or inaccuracy of offense-location addresses, all offense locations were visited based on descriptive information from crime reports. GPS (global-positioning system) equipment was used to establish x-y coordinates via satellite. These coordinates were integrated into the Geographic Information System. The map developed added GPS coordinates to complete the missing data from geocoding. 10 tables, 8 figures, 10 maps, and 170 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Motor Vehicle Theft ; Rural area studies ; Geographic distribution of crime ; Crime analysis ; Geographic information systems (GIS) ; NIJ final report ; North Carolina ; Crime Mapping
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2003-IJ-CX-0162
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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