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© Crown copyright 1993 Applications for reproduction should be made to HMSO First published 1993

ISBN 0 II 341069 7

HOME OFFICE RESEARCH STUDIES

'Home Office Research Studies' comprise reports on research undertaken in the Home Office to assist in the exercise of its administrative functions, and for the information of the judicature, the services for which the Home Secretary has responsibility (direct or indirect) and the general public.

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Foreword

Car crime has become a source of increasing concern recently. During Car Crime Prevention Year, it was appropriate io mount a study taking a detailed look al the perspective of those actually involved in stealing cars. The report gives us sonic useful insights into ihe reasons why young people get involved in car theft and how they might effectively be deterred or diverted. Their understanding and appreciation of legal sanctions as deterrents suggests that challenging non-custodial programmes may be more appropriate for those apprehended than either cautioning or custody.

The report is the product of a collaborative project, involving the Research and Planning Unit (Claire Nee) and the University of the West of England (Roy Light and Helen Ingham). All tasks in carrying out the study and preparing the report were shared equally between the Research and Planning Unit and the University. I very much hope we shall continue in such collaborative ventures.

ROGER TARLING Head of Research and Planning Unit

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