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Motor Vehicle Theft

Heith Copes

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online November 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396607-0102
Motor Vehicle Theft

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Motor vehicle theft involves the unlawful taking or attempted taking of a motor vehicle. Motor vehicle theft is a form of larceny, but because of its frequency and seriousness the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) treats it as a separate category. Motor vehicle thefts represent a large proportion of all property crimes in the United States. For example, motor vehicle thefts account for approximately 10 percent of all property crimes reported in the UCR. Despite the prevalence and high cost of the crime, academics in the United States have devoted relatively little attention to it compared to other forms of street crime. In fact, much of the literature presented here comes from research conducted in Canada, Australia, and Great Britain. This bibliography reviews some of the general treatments, data sources, research, theories, and prevention efforts centered on motor vehicle theft.

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Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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