Carjacking in Australia: Recording Issues and Future Directions

Lisa Jane Young, Maria Borzycki

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    Carjacking literature is limited, and perceptions vary about the level of violence involved, diverse scenarios and the motivations of the offenders. The media tends to overrepresent 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. Simliarly, methods vary from opportunsitic to organised theft involving support. This paper examines 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 problematic.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    JournalTrends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
    Issue number351
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

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