Security Journal

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 241–258

Carjacking and its consequences: A situational analysis of risk factors for differential outcomes

  • Terance D Miethe
  • William H Sousa
Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/sj.2008.19

Cite this article as:
Miethe, T. & Sousa, W. Secur J (2010) 23: 241. doi:10.1057/sj.2008.19


Using police narrative accounts of 241 carjackings in Las Vegas, this study examines the situational contexts of carjacking and the risk factors associated with its outcomes (that is, whether the vehicle theft is completed or just attempted, whether the victim suffers injuries or not). Our findings indicate that the influence of type of carjacking, the numerical advantage of suspects over victims, valuables stolen, weapon use and level of victim resistance are highly contextual, having diverse effects on the consequences of carjacking across different situational contexts. These results are discussed in terms of their implications for the control of carjacking through increased victim awareness programs and other situational crime prevention strategies.


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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terance D Miethe
    • 1
  • William H Sousa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminal Justice, University of NevadaLas VegasUSA