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NCJ Number: 147843 Find in a Library
Author(s): T Honess; M Maguire; E Charman
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
London, SW1H 9HD, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85893-091-X
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office, Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
Research, Development and Statistics Directorate
Clive House, Room 415
Petty France
London, SW1H 9HD,
United Kingdom
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: An evaluation of the ability of Vehicle Watch programs in England and Wales to prevent car thefts indicates that the programs may be effective in local areas experiencing high theft rates but may not reduce thefts across the board.
Abstract: After the introduction of Vehicle Watch in Gwent in September 1991, car thefts declined in the first few months but rose sharply at the beginning of 1992. Nonetheless, Vehicle Watch in Gwent appeared to decrease the risk of becoming a car theft victim. Vehicle Watch members tended to have slightly more security features on their cars, and relatively few persons who became Vehicle Watch members reported their cars had been stolen during the previous 4 years. Vehicle Watch was well-received by members and nonmembers alike. Primary advantages of Vehicle Watch were similar to those of Neighborhood Watch; the programs made people feel more secure and improved police-community relations. Appendixes contain supplemental data on motor vehicle thefts in England and Wales, car theft questionnaires, and information on the parking habits of Vehicle Watch members and nonmembers. 10 references, 5 tables, and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign crime prevention
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; England; Foreign police; Motor Vehicle Theft; Stolen vehicles; Wales
Note: Crime Prevention Unit Series: Paper No. 50
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