An Analysis of Location and Offender Characteristics for Motor Vehicle Theft in Texas from 2001 to 2005 Page: I
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Adger, Katherine. An Analysis of Location and Offender Characteristics for Motor Vehicle
Theft in Texas from 2001 to 2005. Master of Science (Criminal Justice), December 2007, 71
pages, 12 tables, references, 86 titles.
Motor vehicle theft is the costliest property crime in the United States equaling billions
of dollars in losses each year. Despite law enforcement success in decreasing the rate of motor
vehicle theft in recent years, the actual number of thefts has increased. It is vital for law
enforcement agencies to know who is committing motor vehicle theft and where vehicles are
being stolen. This study answers these questions by examining offender demographic
characteristics and the location types most targeted for motor vehicle theft in Texas from 2001
to 2005. The state of Texas was chosen because Texas has continually been ranked second in
the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report for the number of reported
incidents of motor vehicle theft in the United States.
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Adger, Katherine. An Analysis of Location and Offender Characteristics for Motor Vehicle Theft in Texas from 2001 to 2005, thesis, December 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5207/m1/2/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .