Arizona's Car Theft Problem Essay

Arizona's Car Theft Problem
A review of the problem of car theft in Arizona.
# 153950 | 0 words | 0 sources | 2014 | US
Published on Jul 23, 2014 in Criminology (Public and Crime) , Education (General) , Ethics (General)

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"It is known that auto thefts are a problem in the greater Phoenix area. Over the years Arizona has, at times, been the worst state in the nation for auto thefts, and usually one of the five worst states. The proximity to Mexico most certainly has something to do with it. "In May 2007 a local news channel shared some records provided by the Glendale, Phoenix, and Tempe police departments regarding reported auto thefts" (Burton). They compiled a list of the ten spots in those three cities that have the highest reports of auto thefts. Five of the top ten spots for auto theft were, not surprisingly, malls. The other five locations were industrial complexes or apartment complexes. Sgt. Wakefield says, "Quite often, the larger shopping centers, WalMarts, the malls, the larger apartment complexes tend to have a higher auto theft rate than other locations. The reason for that is because there's such a large pool of vehicles for the thieves to choose from"(Wakefield).
"Arizona is no longer the state with the most vehicle thefts, as was the case in 2001. "As far as metropolitan areas are concerned, in 2007 the greater Phoenix area was ranked as the 8th highest rate of vehicle thefts on a per capita basis" (Hedding). That is an improvement over our 4th place ranking of the previous year.
"This year has already seen 629 motor vehicle thefts through the beginning of February, according to Tucson police statistics. Only seven have been recovered."Last year saw 3,556 vehicles stolen with 12 recoveries, while 2008 had 5,687 thefts with 228 recovered. And that's only within Tucson city limits"(Grijalva).Even with the high stats for 2008, Tucson car thefts were down from prior years. So were those across the whole state, thanks in part to Arizona's Bait Car Program."

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