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.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2008|