National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Port Authority Cargo Theft Data of New Jersey and New York, 1978-1980 (ICPSR 8089)

Principal Investigator(s): Gibbs, John J.; Shelly, Peggy L.


This data collection is one of three quantitative databases comprising the Commercial Theft Studies component of the Study of the Causes of Crime for Gain, which focuses on patterns of commercial theft and characteristics of commercial thieves. This data collection contains information on methods used to commit commericial thefts involving cargo. The data include incident and missing cargo characteristics, suspect characteristics and punishments, and type and value of stolen property. Cargo thefts that occurred at John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Newark International Airport, and the New York Marine Terminals at Brooklyn, Port Elizabeth, and Port Newark were included in the data, which were collected from the Crime Analysis Unit files of the Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey.

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Study Description


Gibbs, John J., and Peggy L. Shelly. PORT AUTHORITY CARGO THEFT DATA OF NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK, 1978-1980. ICPSR version. New Brunswick, NJ: John J. Gibbs and Peggy L. Shelly [producers], 1982. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (80-IJ-CX-0660)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    airport security, arrests, burglary, cargo security, cargo shipments, commercial theft, larceny, police records, property crime statistics, property crimes, punishment, robbery, stolen property, New Jersey, New York City, New York (state), United States

Time Period:   

  • 1978-01--1980-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-07--1981-09

Universe:    Recorded crimes in the files of the Crime Analysis Unit of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    All incidents involving theft, robbery, or burglary of cargo from John F. Kennedy Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Newark Airport, New York Marine Terminals at Brooklyn, Port Elizabeth, and Port Newark from January 1978-December 1980.

Data Source:

records from the Crime Analysis Unit of the Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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