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NCJ Number: 128021 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Car Theft and Crime in Car Parks
Author(s): S Geason; P R Wilson
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-642-14939-9
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This pamphlet provides car owners with suggestions for car theft prevention, offers practical advice on automobile security features to car manufacturers, and describes environmental design strategies for public car parks.
Abstract: It defines the extent of the problem of autocrime in Australia including both theft from cars and theft of cars. Statistics are cited about the pattern of car thefts, types of car thieves, target vehicles, and target locations. To combat this problem, a situational approach is presented together with long term education strategies. One of the solutions includes encouraging better security habits for the public, particularly locking cars. Educating car manufacturers about car security ratings and the addition of mechanical and electrical or electronic design features will make cars more difficult to break into and start. Controlling access by pedestrians in combination with surveillance will reduce car theft in car parks. Government initiatives taken include vehicle component identification, new registration regulations, and increased penalties. 4 tables, 10 figures and 29 references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention education
Index Term(s): Australia; Automobile security; Motor Vehicle Theft; Vehicle identification
Note: Crime prevention series
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