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Title: Targeting Auto Theft with a Regional Task Force and Mapping Technology
Author(s): Darlanne H. Mulmat; Cynthia Rienick; Roni Melton; Susan Pennell
Corporate Author: San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
United States of America
Date Published: April 1998
Page Count: 190
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
San Diego, CA 92101
Grant Number: 94-IJ-CX-0027
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San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
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San Diego, CA 92101
United States of America
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines targeting auto theft with a regional task force and mapping technology.
Abstract: This study evaluates the San Diego, CA, Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) and a computer system to enhance the crime analysis and mapping capabilities of RATT. The study examined data from official records on cases investigated by RATT as well as through traditional law enforcement responses. The Task Force data were used in development of the Crime Analysis and Mapping System (CAMS). The Task Force found that, among other things: (1) Auto theft rings were targeting specific locations; (2) Vehicles in comparison cases were generally recovered in better condition than vehicles involved in RATT investigations; (3) Coordination and cooperation among different levels of government and the private sector were more often evident in RATT cases; (4) Arrest of a suspect was significantly more likely in RATT cases; (5) RATT's most successful strategy was the undercover sting operation; and (6) Source database for CAMS was not always complete, limiting the system's capabilities. The study recommends, among other things: (1)Needs assessments prior to technology development to ensure that implementation will be useful; (2) Making technology understandable to law enforcement personnel; (3) Annual training and monitoring of staff on the appropriate use of technology; and (4) Standardized policies and procedures regarding use and purpose of technology prior to implementation. Tables, notes, figures, references, appendixes
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): California; Communications; Motor Vehicle Theft; NIJ grant-related documents; Program evaluation; Regional information sharing systems; Science and Technology; Specialized investigative units; Task force reports
Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
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