Cars Stolen in Burglaries

The Sandwell experience

Susan Donkin, Melanie Wellsmith

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Abstract

There has been an increasing interest in the emerging trend of stealing cars using keys taken during a burglary. This paper examines the issue through analysis of West Midlands Police data from 1998 to 2004 for the Borough of Sandwell. It finds evidence not only of an increase in cars stolen in burglaries, but also that the main purpose of over half of the burglaries in which a car was stolen was to steal the vehicle. Eighty per cent of cars were stolen with keys taken in the burglary and the average age of cars stolen in burglaries was approximately half that of cars stolen in vehicle crimes, indicating that cars with immobilizers are being targeted in burglaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-32
Number of pages11
JournalSecurity Journal
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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