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NCJ Number: 74476 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Vehicle Anti-theft Security System Design - Volume 2 - Technical Report - Final Report
Author(s): J S Howland
Corporate Author: Arthur D Little, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 154
Sponsoring Agency: Arthur D Little, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02140
National Technical Information Service
Springfield, VA 22151
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Contract Number: DOT-HS-7-01723
Publication Number: DOT HS-804 340
Sale Source: National Technical Information Service
US Dept of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road
Springfield, VA 22151
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A comprehensive study of automobile theft and antitheft system design is presented in this technical report.
Abstract: The study, which was funded by the Department of Transportation, aimed at identifying cost-effective, antitheft performance criteria which could reduce the vehicle theft rate; at developing and testing an improved antitheft system that would comply with these criteria; and at recommending modifications to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, which specifies criteria for designers. The results of a vehicle theft survey and recommendations for antitheft performance criteria are given. A system design and the results of tests follow, as does a discussion of existing antitheft standards and recommended modifications of them. The system design includes a remote steering lock which is located in the steering gearbox and an electronic code transmission control which uses a keyboard code-insertion device. This system surpassed the recommended time-to-defeat criterion of 10 minutes. As a result of this study, two alternative safety standards are suggested. Both call for a theft protection system that activates automatically when the driver shuts off the engine and that is constructed so that no function critical to safe operation can be locked inadvertently while the vehicle is in motion. The first focuses on a minimum-defeat-time requirement and the second on limited accessibility characteristics. Photographs, diagrams, data tables, and appendixes containing 38 references, a list of information sources consulted, and a list of typical antitheft devices are included. Other appendixes present car thief interviews, information on lockpicking and pick-resistance locks, Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, and Economic Commission of Europe Regulation 18. For a related document, see NCJ 74475.
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Locks; Motor Vehicle Theft; Physical crime prevention; Stolen vehicle costs; Stolen vehicles
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