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NCJ Number: NCJ 224517     Find in a Library
Title: Abandoned Vehicles
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Michael G Maxfield
Corporate Author: Ctr for Problem-Oriented Policing (POP)
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2008
Page Count: 76
  Annotation: After describing the problem of abandoned vehicles and reviewing factors that increase its risks, this guide outlines questions that help a local law enforcement agency analyze its local abandoned-vehicle problem, followed by a review of responses to the problem.
Abstract: The term “abandoned vehicle” is often loosely applied to various types of nuisance vehicles, which include dilapidated cars that still have license plates, cars that are being repaired on public streets, and inoperable vehicles that are on private property. Drivers may temporarily abandon cars that break down on highways as they arrange for repairs. People abandon different types of vehicles for various reasons. Those abandoned in less populated areas are usually older cars and trucks of little value. Abandoned vehicles in urban areas may also include stolen cars. These vehicles may be intact, partly stripped, or burned-out. Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and suggest disorder and decay in the communities where they are located. They are also hazards for neighborhood children who are drawn to them; and they may contain gasoline and other dangerous fluids, attract further damage and parts-stripping, become targets for arson, be used by the homeless or street prostitutes, become drug drops, occupy scarce parking spaces in urban areas, and obstruct street-cleaning. In understanding its local problem of abandoned vehicles, a law enforcement agency should obtain information on locations and times, incidents, environmental hazards, community perceptions and resources, current practice in reporting abandoned vehicles, and current practice in towing and disposing of abandoned vehicles. Suggestions are also offered for measuring the effectiveness of current policy for dealing with abandoned vehicles. A review of responses to abandoned vehicles addresses general considerations for an effective response, specific responses to reduce abandoned vehicles (removing them and preventing them from being abandoned), and responses with limited effectiveness. 80 notes and 65 references
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures ; Crime analysis ; Abandoned vehicles ; Community policing ; Problem-Oriented Policing
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Grant Number: 2006-CK-WX-K003
Publication Number: ISBN 1-932582-88-6
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
Type: Guideline
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series, Guide No. 53; downloaded October 29, 2008.
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