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Theft Motives

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:

Transportation: 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".

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