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Public awareness and auto-theft prevention: Getting it right for the wrong reason

WORTLEY, R; Kane, R; Gant, F; (1998) Public awareness and auto-theft prevention: Getting it right for the wrong reason. Security Journal , 10 59 - 64. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reports an evaluation of a public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging the use of car security measures, particularly Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching. It was found that the campaign coincided with an immediate reduction in the incidence of auto-theft. However, there did not appear to be any significant change in the behavior of car owners which would account for this reduction. Rather, it seems the reduction in thefts may have come about through an increased perception of risk the campaign generated among potential car thieves.

Type: Article
Title: Public awareness and auto-theft prevention: Getting it right for the wrong reason
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1301889
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