Motor Vehicle thefts are committed for a variety of reasons. Literature in the field, as well as law enforcement studies
suggest 4 basic motives for auto theft:
Vehicle is stolen for personal use for transportation. Vehicle is often abandoned at the destination
Commit Other Crimes: Vehicle is stolen for transportation to and/or from a crime scene. Vehicle
is often abandoned after the crime has been committed
Profit: Vehicle is stolen for Financial Gain, either as a whole unit or as parts.
Joyriding: Vehicle is stolen simply for
the purpose of "driving around".