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SLATS Truck Theft Data of New York City, 1976-1980 (ICPSR 8090)

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 examines the methods used to commit various acts of theft that involved a truck or the contents of a truck. These data were collected from the files of a specialized New York City Police Department detective squad called the Safe, Loft, and Truck Squad (SLATS), which was created specifically to investigate commercial truck thefts. The variables include type and value of stolen property, weapon involvement, treatment of driver and helper, suspect characteristics, and recovery information.

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Study Description


Gibbs, John J., and Peggy L. Shelly. SLATS Truck Theft Data of New York City, 1976-1980. ICPSR08090-v1. 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-0600)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    armed robbery, arrests, auto theft, burglary, cargo security, cargo shipments, carjacking, commercial theft, larceny, police records, property crime statistics, property crimes, punishment, robbery, stolen property, stolen property recovery, victimization, weapons

Geographic Coverage:    New York (state), New York City, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976-01--1980-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-02--1981-04

Universe:    All recorded incidents of crime involving trucks in the files of the Safe, Loft, and Truck detective squad of the New York City Police Department.

Data Type(s):    administrative records data


Sample:    A 20-percent sample of all incidents involving grand larceny over $10,000 from trucks and all incidents involving the robbery of a truck, including arrests for these crimes and surveillances of known hijacking rings, in 1979-1980.

Data Source:

relevant files of the Safe, Loft, and Truck Squad (SLATS) of the New York City Police Department


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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