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Motor Vehicle Theft One vehicle is stolen every 27 seconds in the United States Motor vehicle theft is widespread throughout the United States more so than in any other country An estimated 11 million auto thefts occurred during the 1999-year this was the lowest total since 1985 According to the Uniform Crime Report the 1999 figures show the greatest number of motor vehicle thefts occurred during the month of August and the fewest during the month of February The national rate of car thefts in 1999 was 421 motor vehicle thefts per every 100000 United States inhabitants this showed a steady decline from years past Declines in the number of motor vehicle thefts from 1998 to 1999 were reported for all 4 regions in the United States The greatest decline was a 12 percent drop in the western states the northeastern states reported an 8 percent drop the southern states had a 6 percent decline and the midwestern states experienced a 5 percent drop Motor vehicle theft is one of the biggest problems in the United States today but law enforcement is making several efforts against it Juveniles commit the highest amount of motor vehicle theft Statistics show that in the year 1999 males accounted for 84 percent of the people arrested for car theft 55 percent of the arrestees were white and 42 percent were black By age men and women under the age of 25 commit 65 percent of all car thefts and arrestees under the age of 18 are responsible for 35 percent This figures is mostly due to the act of joyriding the oldest and most common type of car theft Typically teenage boys will steal an automobile drive it around for a while and then abandon it Kids usually pick a sports car or a nicer type automobile for this act they get the thrill of driving before they are of age or the rush of committing a
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