Estimating the number of U.S. vehicles stolen for export using crime location quotients

Steven Block, Ronald V. Clarke, Michael G. Maxfield, Gohar Petrossian

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Introduction Motor vehicle theft (MVT) is perhaps the least studied of all Uniform Crime Report (UCR) index crimes (Clarke and Harris, 1992; Walsh and Taylor, 2007). The most complex and least understood of its many varieties is the theft of vehicles for export. This is a worldwide problem (Clarke and Brown, 2003), but in the U.S. it appears to consist of two main varieties: • vehicles stolen and driven across the Mexican and Canadian borders; • vehicles shipped overseas on ferries or on larger vessels. No studies have been published on the second problem, but some research has examined theft for export across the U.S.-Mexico border, including the organization of vehicle theft operations (Resendiz, 1998), the types of vehicles most likely to be targeted (Field et al., 1991; Miller, 1987), and prevention efforts in border communities (Ethridge and Sorensen, 1993; Plouffe and Sampson, 2004).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPatterns, Prevention, and Geometry of Crime
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781136497414
ISBN (Print)9780415685870
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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