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NCJ Number: 148806 Find in a Library
Title: Car Crime
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
Sale Source: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
169 Clapham Road
United Kingdom
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The 1992 British Crime Survey found that one in five car owners in England and Wales was a victim of car crime in 1991, including theft of the car, theft of something from inside the car, attempted theft, and vandalism.
Abstract: In 1992, over 1.5 million car thefts were recorded by British police, an increase of 93 percent over 1982 figures. Most offenders were under the age of 21; 34 percent were juveniles and 74 percent were young offenders. The typical juvenile car offender is male and characterized by high truancy rates, low educational attainment, high unemployment, and residence in a neighborhood lacking recreational facilities. Many car offenders, including delinquents, are cautioned, in the hope that they will be less likely to reoffend if they are diverted away from the criminal justice system. Only 13 percent of first-time offenders who were cautioned reoffended within 2 years. The most common penalties imposed by the courts for car offenses were fines and community sentences; 13 percent of people convicted of car offenses in 1992 were imprisoned. The problem of car crime can be addressed both through traditional crime prevention (increased police patrols, citizen awareness) and social crime prevention (development of diversionary programs for youngsters). 7 tables and 8 references
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Auto related offenses; Foreign crime statistics; Great Britain/United Kingdom
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