MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT



 
DEFINITION
Motor Vehicle theft, for UCR purposes, is defined as the theft of a self-propelled vehicle that runs on the surface of the land but not on rails. Motor vehicles include automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and the like. One offense is counted for each vehicle stolen. This category does not include boats, farm equipment, tractors, bulldozers, etc. Motor vehicle theft does not include using a vehicle without the owner’s consent ifprior consent or lawful access has been granted. Obtaining vehicles throughfraud or failure to return rented vehicles are not included in thiscategory. Attempts to steal motor vehicles as well as "joyrides" are counted as motor vehicle thefts.

 

2000 SUMMARY

A total of 15,394 motor vehicle thefts was reported in the 2000 crime index. During this year, motor vehicle thefts increased 5.3 percent compared to those reported in 1999.

There were 2,124 motor vehicle thefts cleared by arrest or exceptionally cleared, amounting to a clearance rate of 13.8 percent statewide.

Motor vehicle thefts accounted for 8.6 percent of all nonviolent crimes and 7.3 percent of the total crime index.

The motor vehicle theft rate in South Carolina was 38.4 per 10,000 persons.

Of all persons arrested for motor vehicle theft, 86.0 percent were 34 years of age or younger. With respect to race, 38.1 percent were white, 61.2 percent were black, and 0.7 percent were other races.

There were 15,394 motor vehicle thefts reported in 2000. Of these, 4.4 percent were attempted motor vehicle thefts.

 

 

2000 PERSONS ARRESTED FOR MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

BY AGE, SEX, RACE

Age Group Total White
Male
Black
Male
Other
Male
White
Female
Black
Female
Other
Female

01 – 04

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

05 – 09

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

10 – 16

259

72

162

0

9

16

0

17 – 21

311

112

176

4

9

10

0

22 – 24

78

31

43

1

2

1

0

25 – 34

179

61

93

1

14

10

0

35 – 44

103

43

51

0

6

3

0

45 – 54

27

13

13

0

1

0

0

55 – 64

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

65 – 99

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

State Total

962

336

539

6

41

40

0

NOTE: The arrest counts shown here have not been subjected to the "hierarchy rule" (explained elsewhere); therefore, all persons arrested that are linked to this offense type are counted.

2000

PERSONS ARRESTED FOR

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT BY AGE GROUP

2000

PERSONS ARRESTED FOR

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT BY RACE AND SEX

Thirty-five percent of persons arrested for motor vehicle theft in 2000 were white males, 55 percent of those were 21 years of age or younger; 56 percent were black males, 63 percent of those were 21 years of age or younger. White females accounted for 4 percent of persons arrested for motor vehicle theft, and black females accounted for 4 percent. Forty-four percent of the white females and65 percent of the black females were 21 years of age or younger.

 

1998-2000 MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT TRENDS

Type Vehicle 1998 %
Change
1999 %
Change
2000 %
Change

Automobiles

11,371

+4.6

10,338

-9.1

11,055

+6.9

Trucks and Buses

1,423

-3.1

1,162

-18.3

937

-19.4

Other Vehicles

2,309

-8.3

2,457

+6.4

2,576

+4.8

Attempted

(No vehicle type)

910

+12.1

660

-27.5

826

+25.2

State Total

16,013

+2.2

14,617

-8.7

15,394

+5.3

NOTE: The vehicle counts in this table have been taken from a report which selects only the most serious offense in an incident (hierarchy rule).

 

1998-2000

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT BY TYPE VEHICLE

 

1998-2000 MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS BY PREMISE

Premise 1998
Veh. Thefts
%
Distr.
1999
Veh. Thefts
%
Distr.
2000
Veh. Thefts
%
Distr.

Residences, Apts.

8,243

49.8

7,225

47.9

7,684

48.2

Roads, Parking Lots, etc.

3,245

19.6

3,033

20.1

2,819

17.7

Commercial

3,075

18.6

3,001

19.9

3,463

21.7

Nightclubs, Bars

223

1.3

198

1.3

241

1.5

Hotels, Motels

391

2.4

294

1.9

361

2.3

Convenience Stores, etc.

438

2.6

485

3.2

432

2.7

Schools, Churches

201

1.2

185

1.2

205

1.3

Woods, etc.

65

0.4

81

0.5

78

0.5

Other

657

4.0

590

3.9

670

4.2

State Total

16,538

100.0

15,092

100.0

15,953

100.0

NOTE: The counts in this table have not been subjected to the "hierarchy rule" (explained elsewhere).

 

1998-2000

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT BY PREMISE


 
 

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