skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 209826   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Trends and Best Practices of Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Programs, Final Report
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): Patrick Curtin ; David Thomas ; Daniel Felker ; Eric Weingart
Corporate Author: ICF International (formerly Caliber Associates)
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2005
Page Count: 150
  Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of an evaluation of trends and best practices in motor vehicle theft prevention programs, with a focus on the Watch Your Car (WYC) program, as well as a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Watch Your Car program.
Abstract: The evaluations were conducted between October 2002 and March 2004. The trends and best practices evaluation consisted of a background information search, the development of survey forms, WYC member site visits and interviews, a survey of nonmember States and cities, and data entry and analysis. The WYC, sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, involves motor vehicle owners' voluntarily placing stickers in the windshield that alert police that they can stop the car for a theft check during certain hours of the night and in certain locations. The evaluation involved interviews with all participating WYC member States. States that did not belong to the WYC program were surveyed on various aspects of their vehicle theft prevention efforts. Also interviewed were motor vehicle theft prevention experts in 10 U.S. cities that had the highest motor vehicle theft prevention rates. Because the type of data required for a cost-effectiveness analysis were not being collected by WYC programs, the cost-effectiveness analysis for the WYC program relied on a mathematical model that projects cost outcomes under a set of hypothetical, but reasonable assumptions. Outcome data of the quality needed for rigorous assessment of the WYCs effectiveness were not being collected by the majority of member programs. WYC administrators generally expressed a need for technical assistance in implementing and administering the WYC program. The majority of respondents reported that the WYC program was perceived as effective by those working in their departments. 13 exhibits, 12 references, and appended cumulative activity summary and example survey questionnaires
Main Term(s): Effectiveness of crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Auto related offenses ; Motor Vehicle Theft ; Crime specific countermeasures ; Cost effectiveness analysis ; Trend analysis ; Police identification of stolen vehicles ; NIJ final report
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: ASP-T-033
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.