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Title: Role of Helmet Laws in Preventing Motorcycle Theft in Madras, India
Journal: Indian Journal of Criminology  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1994)  Pages:21-26
Author(s): M Natarajan; R V Clarke
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 6
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: India
Annotation: This article discusses the reduction of motorcycle theft in Madras, India, that resulted from the introduction of laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets.
Abstract: Consistent with experience in other countries, laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets led to reduced thefts of motorcycles in Madras, India. This is because many motorcycle thefts are unplanned and anyone riding a stolen motorcycle without a helmet would be highly visible to the police. These findings strengthen the case for the reintroduction of the helmet laws in Madras which were recently repealed after public pressure from riders. They also provide further evidence of the important role played in crime by situational factors. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Foreign laws; Motorcycles
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