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NCJ Number: 64621 Find in a Library
Title: AUTOMOBILE THEFT - AN INCREASING CRIME PROBLEM
Journal: FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN  Volume:49  Issue:1  Dated:(JANUARY 1980)  Pages:9-13
Author(s): S J ROZZI; R MUELLER
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Publisher: https://www.fbi.gov 
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: EFFORTS TO CURB THE GROWING PROBLEM OF AUTO THEFT, WHICH OCCURS EVERY 31 SECONDS ACCORDING TO THE 1977 UNIFORM CRIME REPORTS, ARE SUGGESTED IN THIS FBI ARTICLE ON PROFESSIONAL CAR THIEVES.
Abstract: NO JURISDICTION IS IMMUNE FROM THE AUTO THEFT PROBLEM, ALTHOUGH FEW AUTOS ARE STOLEN FOR JOY-RIDING SINCE MOST YOUTH EITHER OWN THEIR OWN VEHICLES OR HAVE ACCESS TO THOSE OWNED BY THEIR PARENTS. IT IS THE PROFESSIONAL CAR THIEVES WHO COMMIT THE MAJORITY OF SUCH OFFENSES, THEY OFTEN WORK WITH A CHOP-SHOP, OR FACILITY, USUALLY A BODY SHOP, THAT DISASSEMBLES STOLEN AUTOS AND TRUCKS TO SELL THE PARTS THROUGH AN ORGANIZED NETWORK. THE AUTOMOBILE OWNER MAY ALSO BE INVOLVED. DUPES ARE CREATED BY REGISTERING STOLEN VEHICLES WITH VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN) FROM A SALVAGE VEHICLE, OR VEHICLE CERTIFIED FOR DESTRUCTION. THE DUPE IS THEN SOLD TO AN UNSUSPECTING BUYER THROUGH SERVICE STATION OWNERS, SMALL DEALERS, OR AUTO AUCTIONS. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS CAN HELP CONTROL THE PROBLEM THROUGH PREVENTION EDUCATION PROGRAMS WHERE OWNERS CAN BE REMINDED TO TAKE KEYS OUT OF THE IGNITION AND LOCK THEIR CARS. AGGRESSIVE AND ACTIVE AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATION, LIAISON WITH OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND THE SUPPORT OF AUTO THEFT LEGISLATION CAN ALSO HELP REDUCE THEFT. PHOTOGRAPHS ARE PROVIDED. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Auto related offenses; Crime specific countermeasures; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Motor Vehicle Theft; Stolen vehicles
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