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NCJ Number: 63165 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: ANTI-FENCING STRATEGY - A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Author(s): S H GREEN; S PENNELL
Corporate Author: Comprehensive Planning Organization
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Comprehensive Planning Organization
San Diego, CA 92101
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT PRESENTS SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS FROM EVALUATIONS OF TWO FEDERALLY FUNDED ANTIFENCING PROJECTS, ONE FROM THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ONE FROM THE SAN DIEGO SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
Abstract: PROBLEMS WHICH INHIBIT LAW ENFORCEMENT'S POTENTIAL TO CONFRONT BURGLARY AND FENCING ARE DISCUSSED, AND STRATEGIES WHICH SHIFT THE EMPHASIS 'BACK TO THE THIEF' ARE SUGGESTED. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT (1) FEDERAL FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR ANTIFENCING PROJECTS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY FROM 1974 TO 1975 HAVE NOT REDUCED THE AVAILABLE MARKET FOR STOLEN PROPERTY AND HAVE NOT REDUCED THE INCIDENCE OF PROPERTY CRIMES, (2) THE POTENTIAL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CLOSE DOWN OUTLETS FOR STOLEN PROPERTY IS REMOTE, SINCE ILLICIT RECEIVING IS PRACTICED BY MANY PERSONS IN THE GENERAL POPULATION AND THE CRIME IS OF LOW VISIBILITY, (3) THE GENERAL PUBLIC SEEMS UNAWARE OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BURGLARY AND STOLEN PROPERTY, AND (4) PATROL OFFICERS ARE NOT TRAINED ADEQUATELY IN EVIDENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CRIME OF RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY OR IN THE TECHNIQUES OF PROPERTY IDENTIFICATION. RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE THE SUGGESTION THAT INVESTIGATIVE DIVISIONS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES DEVELOP A TWO-FOLD APPROACH: (1) RETAIN THE TRADITIONAL APPROACH THAT FOCUSES ON THE BURGLARY VICTIM AND PROPERTY RECOVERY, AND (2) DEVELOP AN UNDERCOVER TACTICAL SQUAD WITHIN THE INVESTIGATIVE UNITS THAT USES TECHNIQUES SUCH AS SURVEILLANCE, STAKEOUTS, AND PLAYING THE ROLE OF THE CRIMINAL TO FOCUS ON THE THIEF (AS IN FAKE STOREFRONT OPERATIONS). ALSO, THE PATROL OFFICER SHOULD RECEIVE IMPROVED TRAINING ON GATHERING DATA, AND PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAMS SHOULD BE INITIATED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN RECEIVING (FENCING) AND BURGLARY. TABLES AND REFERENCE ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--PRG)
Index Term(s): Burglary; California; Crime Control Programs; Dealing in stolen goods; Evaluation; Public education
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