Assessing trends and best practices of motor vehicle theft prevention programs in the United States, 2003 [electronic resource].

Data file
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007.
Extent of collection: 3 data files + machine-readable documentation (PDF).


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Use of these data is restricted to Princeton University students, faculty, and staff for non-commercial statistical analysis and research purposes only.
Summary note
This trends and best practices evaluation geared toward motor vehicle theft prevention with a particular focus on the Watch Your Car (WYC) program was conducted between October 2002 and March 2004. On-site and telephone interviews were conducted with administrators from 11 of 13 WYC member states. Surveys were mailed to the administrators of auto theft prevention programs in 36 non-WYC states and the 10 cities with the highest motor vehicle theft rates. Completed surveys were returned from 16 non-WYC states and five of the high auto theft rate cities. Part 1, the survey for Watch Your Car (WYC) program members, includes questions about how respondents learned about the WYC program, their WYC related program activities, the outcomes of their program, ways in which they might have done things differently if given the opportunity, and summary questions that asked WYC program administrators for their opinions about various aspects of the overall WYC program. The survey for the nonmember states, Part 2, and cities, Part 3, collected information about motor vehicle theft prevention within the respondent's state or city and asked questions about the respondent's knowledge of, and opinions about, the Watch Your Car program.
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Type of data
Extent of collection: 3 data files + machine-readable documentation (PDF).
Time and place of event
  • Date(s) of collection: October 2002-April 2004.
  • Time period: October 2002-April 2004.
Geographic coverage
Geographic coverage: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Las Vegas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Modesto, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Phoenix, Sacramento, Seattle, Tennessee, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands of the United States, West Virginia.
Funding information
  • Funding agency: United States Department of Justice. National Institute of Justice.
  • Grant number: ASP-T-033.
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Extent of processing: ICPSR reformatted the data and documentation.
Case file characteristics
Weight: none.
Methodology note
  • Mode of data collection: on-site questionnaire; mail questionnaire; telephone interview.
  • Data source: data for this collection were obtained from on-site interviews, telephone interviews, and questionnaires mailed to the respondents.
  • Sample: surveys were sent to 47 states, Washington D.C., the United States Virgin Islands, and the island of St. Croix. Three states, Idaho, Kansas, and Wisconsin were excluded because they did not deal with auto theft prevention at the state level. Watch Your Car program (WYC) members were identified through their various Web sites. Similarly, the contact person for nonmember states was identified through a search of state police Web sites. Surveys were also sent to the 10 cities cited by the National Insurance Crime Bureau as having the highest auto theft rates, with the contact person identified through a search of the city's police Web site.
  • Universe: all administrators of auto theft prevention programs in all states, cities, or insular areas of the United States between October 2002 and March 2004.
Rights and reproductions note
Restrictions: the data are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement form and specify the reasons for the request. A copy of the Restricted Data Use Agreement form can be requested by calling 800-999-0960. Researchers can also download this form as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file from the download page associated with this dataset. Completed forms should be returned to: Director, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, or by fax: 734-647-8200.
Part 1: Watch Your Car States Summary Form Data; Part 2: Non-Watch Your Car States Summary Form Data; Part 3: City Summary Form Data.
Cite as
Curtin, Patrick, David Thomas, Daniel Felker, and Eric Weingart. ASSESSING TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICES OF MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN THE UNITED STATES, 2003 [Computer file]. ICPSR04278-v1. Fairfax, VA: Caliber Associates [producer], 2004. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-09-27.
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