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NCJ Number: 230139 Find in a Library
Title: Auto Theft: A Site-Survey and Analysis of Environmental Crime Factors in Atlantic City, NJ
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:April 2010  Pages:75-94
Author(s): Marissa P. Levy; Christine Tartaro
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 20
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the use of on site-level and community-level variables to investigate the environmental characteristics of single and repeat victimization auto theft locations in Atlantic City.
Abstract: Recent environmental criminology literature has indicated a need for criminologists to focus on site-level, as well as community-level, variables that influence property crimes. The current study involves the use of this approach to take a closer look at environmental characteristics of single and repeat victimization auto theft locations in Atlantic City. A random sample of single auto theft locations were matched to repeat locations based on proximity, zoning (commercial or residential) and size of the parking structure. Five variables were measured using indices, Watchers, Activity Nodes, Location, Lighting and Security. Multivariate logistic regression was conducted using the W.A.L.L.S. variables. Findings indicate that in commercial areas, locations that had poor environmental designs and those located near activity nodes were more likely to suffer repeat auto theft victimization. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Property crimes
Index Term(s): Crime Causes; Crimes of opportunity; Environmental design; Environmental influences; Motor Vehicle Theft; New Jersey; Property crime causes; Property crime statistics; Situational theory
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