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NCJ Number: 174508 Find in a Library
Title: Investigating Stolen Vehicle Dump Sites: An Interrupted Time Series Quasi-Experiment
Journal: Policing  Volume:21  Issue:3  Dated:1998  Pages:479-489
Author(s): J T Krimmel; M Mele
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article studies the effectiveness of a multijurisdictional law enforcement response to increased motor vehicle thefts in downtown urban areas of New Jersey.
Abstract: The primary objective of this study was to assess the impact of a multijurisdictional law enforcement approach on auto thefts in four urban areas of New Jersey. A secondary objective was to explore the benefits of this approach in crime analysis and problem solving. Rather than responding to auto theft with traditional surveillance techniques, the task force investigated the places where car thieves abandoned the stolen vehicles - outlying municipalities, where they would steal another vehicle. The intervention of the task force had a significant impact on the number of reported auto thefts in the targeted jurisdictions. Strong patterns of crime and victimization confirm the need for regional analysis. Detailed multijurisdictional spatio-temporal analysis of crime trends can enhance crime prevention strategies. Tables, notes, references, appendix
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Crime analysis; Crime patterns; Instrument validation; Literature reviews; Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces; New Jersey; Stolen vehicles; Studies; Task force reports
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