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NCJ Number: 77405 Find in a Library
Title: Manual of Anti-theft Guidelines for State Motor Vehicle Titling Programs
Corporate Author: US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Sale Source: US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
West Building
Washington, DC 20590
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Focusing on the relationship of the title process to vehicle theft, this manual summarizes the titling and registration process, identifies the points in the process that are vulnerable to improper titling methods, and presents suggested policies and procedures that should be implemented to counteract these titling/registration procedural weaknesses.
Abstract: Techniques common to commercial/professional vehicle theft operations are the salvage switch; alteration or theft of vehicle identification numbers, (VIN's); and the use of fraudulent, counterfeit, altered, or stolen documents. Weaknesses in the titling/registration process can occur during document intake and processing and during vehicle processing for title/registration; such weaknesses come about when procedures are lacking for the careful inspection of documents and when VIN's are inadequately inspected. Other weaknesses exist regarding document uniformity, title document security, and related laws. Guidelines suggest that title documents should be subjected to inspection and testing procedures that are designed to detect fraudulent documents, that each State should issue a certificate of title as evidence of motor vehicle ownership, that employees responsible for conducting document inspections and review should receive special training, and that foreign title documents should be returned to the State of issue for verification. Other guidelines address the processes involving confirmation of valid titles, physical examination of vehicles, VIN assignment, salvage vehicle and document control, and other procedures. Eight references and Federal guidelines for State motor vehicle titling and antitheft programs are appended.
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; Motor Vehicle Theft; Vehicle identification
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