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It is a central theme of this book that vandalism is rarely ‘random’ or even ‘mindless’, but invariably systematic and deeply meaningful to the perpetrators. This is very much the case with criminal damage to motor vehicles, which constitutes a very significant proportion of all episodes of vandalism recorded by the police with over 4 million incidents each year (TalkTalk, 2014). This routine target vandalism of the motor vehicle is clearly a criminological phenomenon, and in seeking an explanation of this actuality it will be useful to explore the centrality of the motor vehicle in wider discourses of youth offending.
KeywordsMotor Vehicle Gang Member Moral Panic Vehicle Theft Situational Crime Prevention
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