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SLATS Truck Theft Data of New York City, 1976-1980

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Gibbs, John J.
  • Shelly, Peggy L.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
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
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1976-01 / 1980-12
    Time period: 1976-01--1980-12
  • 1981-02 / 1981-04
    Collection date: 1981-02--1981-04
Geographic Coverage
  • New York (state)
  • New York City
  • United States
Sampled 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.
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.
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (80-IJ-CX-0600).
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8090 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Gibbs, J.J., Shelly, P.. Final Report of the Commercial Theft Studies Project. Unpublished Report.Newark, NJ: Rutgers University, Center for the Study of Causes of Crime for Gain. 1982.
  • Gibbs, John J., Shelly, Peggy L.. Life in the Fast Lane: A Retrospective Account by Commercial Thieves. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.19, (2), 299-330.1982.
    • ID: 10.1177/002242788201900210 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Gibbs, John J.; Shelly, Peggy L. (1984): SLATS Truck Theft Data of New York City, 1976-1980. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.