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NCJ Number: 229066 Find in a Library
Title: Opportunity, Environmental Characteristics, and Crime: An Analysis of Auto Theft Patterns
Author(s): Marissa P. Levy
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 229
Sponsoring Agency: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC
El Paso, TX 79913
Publication Number: ISBN 978-1-59332-327-1
Sale Source: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC
Box 221258
El Paso, TX 79913
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research explores the crime of auto theft through the investigation of the offender’s decisionmaking process and the impact of the environment on those decisions.
Abstract: In exploring the crime of auto theft, this research combines relevant selections of theoretical and empirical research currently used in the field to develop an opportunity structure and victimization model for auto theft. Through combining an opportunity structure with an intensive site-level approach, this research focuses on the community-level environmental cues that facilitate crime, as well as the site-level features that present offenders with attractive opportunities for auto theft. This two-tiered approach identifies areas that auto thieves see as conducive for crime and the specific situational aspects they encounter when selecting individual targets. The research contributes to understanding crime patterns in three capacities: 1) high crime areas and opportunity structures; 2) micro/site-level crime patterns; and 3) combining opportunity and environmental factors to identify repeat victimization. It has been shown that crime is not randomly distributed across space or time, but rather there are patterns of clustering referred to as hot spots; small places with a high concentration of crime over a certain period of time. Tables, figures, references, and index
Main Term(s): Motor Vehicle Theft
Index Term(s): Auto related offenses; Crime analysis; Crime patterns; Criminology; Future trends; Stolen vehicles; Theft offenses; Trend analysis
Note: From the LFB Scholarly Criminal Justice Recent Scholarship Series
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