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NCJ Number: 202097 Find in a Library
Title: Aging Vehicles: Evidence of the Effectiveness of New Car Security From the Home Office Car Theft Index
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:16  Issue:3  Dated:2003  Pages:45-53
Author(s): Rick Brown; Nerys Thomas
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper presents findings from a study that examined the effectiveness of European Union (EU) legislation that has made the fitting of electronic immobilizers mandatory on all new cars sold in the United Kingdom.
Abstract: The research set out to determine whether the impact of widespread vehicle electronic immobilization for new cars in the United Kingdom from the mid-1990's can best be described in terms of the time-lag or reduced-pool theories. The time-lag theory suggests that the shape of the stolen vehicle curve results from the time it takes for methods of overcoming new security to be disseminated widely through the offending community. This assumes that regardless of the effectiveness of the latest vehicle security measures, with time it will be defeated. The reduced-pool theory suggests that new vehicle security will be effective on an incremental basis by reducing the rate of theft for each year of registration fitted with the new security technology. The testing of these theories in the United Kingdom was done by using data from the Home Office Car Theft Index to construct and analyze changes in the stolen vehicle age curve. The study found evidence that compulsory immobilization of vehicles by electronic means has been effective in reducing theft rates; however, there apparently has been some displacement of vehicle theft behavior toward both older and newer vehicles, although this was outweighed by overall gains in lower theft rates. The study recommends additional research based on disaggregate data rather than on the aggregate statistics used in this study. 5 figures and 22 notes
Main Term(s): Effectiveness of crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Crime specific law reform; Foreign crime prevention; Motor Vehicle Theft; Security systems
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