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NCJ Number: 222393 Find in a Library
Title: Carjacking in Australia: Recording Issues and Future Directions
Author(s): Lisa Jane Young; Maria Borzycki
Date Published: February 2008
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 978 1 921185 72 4
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Literature Review
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper examines increased carjacking in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States and South Africa reported through the literature, and potential methods in collecting and recording carjacking data.
Abstract: At present, it is not possible to determine the incidence of carjacking with any degree of accuracy. However, previously conducted intelligence analyses suggest that, at most, only a few hundred vehicles are stolen by threat, force, or intimidation in a year in Australia. The majority of vehicles carjacked in Australia do not appear to be stolen for profit via disposal of the stolen vehicle, but targeted by opportunistic or semi-organized groups for subsequent crime, fraudulent insurance claimants, or opportunistic individuals in need of transportation. Carjacking literature is limited, and perceptions vary about the level of violence involved, diverse scenarios, and the motivations of offenders. This paper examines reports of increased carjacking in light of existing recording practices, international data, and limited local information sources. In addition, local socioeconomic and cultural factors, such as firearm availability, are also discussed in the context of probable future trends in Australia. Figure and references
Main Term(s): Australia; Carjacking
Index Term(s): Literature reviews; Motor Vehicle Theft; Stolen vehicles; US/foreign comparisons
Note: AIC Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 351, February 2008
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