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Carjacking in Australia [electronic resource] : recording issues and future directions / Lisa Jane Young and Maria Borzycki
Bib ID 5599004
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Young, Lisa Jane
 
Online Access
Online Versions
Description Canberra : Australian Institute of Criminology, 2008 
6 p. 
ISBN 9781921185724
Series

Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice (Online) ; no. 351.

PANDORA electronic collection.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. Address as at 25/08/2011: http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/tandi/341-360/tandi351.aspx. 

Summary

The term carjacking is commonly understood as vehicle theft involving threat, violence or intimidation. However, this has yet to be clarified within most legislative or offence definitions. Carjacking literature is limited, and perceptions vary about the level of violence involved, diverse scenarios and the motivations of offenders. The media tends to over-represent carjackings involving weapons and violence, although these are relatively rare incidents. Motivations range from instrumental triggers (where the car is used in some other crime) to acquisition for onselling the car or its parts. Similarly, methods vary from opportunistic to organised theft involving support. This paper examines increased carjacking in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa reported through the literature. Victimisation surveys currently may be the most appropriate source for collecting carjacking estimates. Offence definitions and recording practices vary between Australian jurisdictions, making accurate estimates. Local socioeconomic and cultural factors, such as firearm availability, are also discussed in the context of probable future trends in Australia.

Notes

Title from caption of PDF document (viewed Aug. 25, 2011)

"February 2008".

Includes bibliographical references (p. 6)

Text and graphics.

Also available in print.

Selected for archiving

Subjects Carjacking -- Australia.  |  Automobile theft -- Australia.  |  Motor vehicles  |  Theft  |  Motivation  |  Notification and reporting  |  Australia overseas comparisons
Other authors/contributors Borzycki, Maria  |  Australian Institute of Criminology
Terms of Use Australian Institute of Criminology 2008. 

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