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NCJ Number: 64358 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE CAR SECURITY CAMPAIGNS (FROM CRIME PREVENTION AND THE POLICE, 1979, BY JOHN BURROWS ET AL - SEE NCJ-64357)
Author(s): J BURROWS; K HEAL
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London. SW1H 9AT, England
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THIS BRITISH STUDY EXAMINES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO LOCK UNATTENDED MOTOR VEHICLES AND THUS REDUCE CAR CRIME.
Abstract: THE CAMPAIGN WAS CONDUCTED IN PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND, (POPULATION 300,000) OVER A 5-WEEK PERIOD. PLYMOUTH'S LEVEL OF AUTOCRIME WAS SEEN AS A PRESSING PROBLEM, AND PLYMOUTH POSSESSED A RADIO STATION AND TWO DAILY AND TWO WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS--ALL ENTHUSIASTIC TO ASSIST POLICE EFFORTS. MUCH OF THE CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WAS CONCENTRATED WITHIN THE HIGH-RISK AREAS FOR AUTOCRIME OFFENSES. BESIDES PRESENTING PRESS AND RADIO PUBLICITY, THE PROJECT DISTRIBUTED 5,000 HANDBILLS AND 140 POSTERS. TWO MEASURES WERE USED TO MONITOR THE IMPACT OF THE CAMPAIGN: LEVELS OF CAR SECURITY AND AUTOCRIME STATISTICS. RESULTS SHOW THAT THE CAMPAIGN DID NOT SUCCEED IN PERSUADING A GREATER PROPORTION OF DRIVERS TO LOCK THEIR CARS, NOR DID IT EFFECT A REDUCTION IN AUTOCRIME. PART OF THE REASON FOR PUBLIC INTRANSIGENCE, POLICE HYPOTHESIZED, WAS THAT MANY DRIVERS DO NOT PERCEIVE THE RISK AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING A CAR STOLEN AS SERIOUS. SINCE AUTOCRIMES ARE COMMITTED BY DETERMINED OFFENDERS, A CAMPAIGN REDUCING THE NUMBER OF UNLOCKED CARS MIGHT JUST LEAD OFFENDERS TO CHANGE THEIR MODES OF OPERATION OR DIRECT THEIR ATTENTION TO THOSE VEHICLES LEFT UNLOCKED. REFERENCES ARE CITED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Auto related offenses; Citizen crime precautions; Crime specific countermeasures; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Information dissemination; Media support; Motor Vehicle Theft; Psychology; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public education; Stolen vehicles
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