Auto Theft Of Auto Thefts Essay

2331 Words Oct 6th, 2016 10 Pages
As I searched journals and websites for material on the research involving auto thefts, I found very few articles. In fact, according to one author, motor vehicle thefts are the number one under-researched part one crime (Jeffrey Walsh, 2007). In this same article studies indicate auto thefts are linked to community structure, instability and surrounding crime (Jeffrey Walsh, 2007). The author theorizes the reason for the lack of research is the crime itself creates little effect on most victims. That said, stability of a neighborhood has an affect on auto theft incidents. The more unstable the neighborhood, the more likely crime will occur which includes auto theft. The studies also found new anti-theft improvement on vehicles did not decrease the number of auto thefts. It did, however, slightly affect the targeted vehicles, older models vs. newer models. Nationwide, recovery statistics are not recorded consistently, this includes the Overland Park Police Department. This data would be helpful in determining the types of thieves, joyriders vs. professional car theft rings. In 2001, the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods conducted a study on how disorder is linked to crime. In essence the study challenged the “broken window” theory. The findings of the study determined although disorder can have an effect, the predominant reason for crime is more associated to structural characteristics and collective efficacy of the neighborhood. Poorer neighborhoods…

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