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NCJ Number: 135849 Find in a Library
Title: Car Chopping, Parts Marking and the Motor Vehicle Theft Law Enforcement Act of 1984
Journal: Sociology and Social Research  Volume:75  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1991)  Pages:228-233
Author(s): P M Harris; R V Clarke
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from official records, insurance companies, and the automobile industry were used to determine whether the marking of the major sheet metal parts of high-theft automobiles with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINS) promoted the detection of persons involved in sale of stolen parts to the auto body repair industry.
Abstract: The analysis considered passenger cars from the 1987 model year. It tested three related beliefs about vehicle theft upon which the 1984 Motor Vehicle Theft Law Enforcement Act was founded. These beliefs are that variation in (1) demand for spare sheet metal parts, (2) costs of sheet metal parts, and (3) the extent to which individual models have parts that are interchangeable with the parts of other models. Results revealed that no compelling evidence exists to support any of these claims. Results suggested that the importance of "chopping" in the determination of vehicle theft rates has been exaggerated, at least for new models. Marking of parts will not deter thefts of new models if these are taken for joyriding, temporary transportation, and stripping of stereo system or other expensive parts rather than for their major body parts. Notes and 38 references
Main Term(s): Motor Vehicle Theft; Vehicle identification numbers
Index Term(s): Dealing in stolen goods; Federal Code; Legislative impact; Police identification of stolen vehicles
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