John A. Heitmann: Stealing Cars

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Pictures of drivers welded onto the gas tank for enforcement by gas station attendants fears of juvenile delinuents and educational films like HOT CARS and BOY IN COURT organized crime and crackhead carjacking The parallel development of far reaching insurance companies and their need to force the police into action early record keeping by Law Enforcement reuired the insurance company to send 3x5 alarm cards to 250 police departments when they made a repo. Ines a wide range of related topics that includes motives and methods technological deterrents place and space institutional responses international borders and cultural reflectionsOnly recently have scholars begun to move their focus away from the creators and manufacturers of the automobile to its sers Stealing Cars illustrates the power of this approach as it aims at developing a better nderstanding of the place of the automobile in the broad texture of American life There are many who are fascinated by aspects of automobile history but many readers enjoy the topic of crime motives methods escaping capt.

It starts off promising but the author gets distracted from the point at numerous times I also found the references to movies and video games to be nnecessary and simplistic I didn t expect to love this book as much as I did but it fills in things that were obvious once focus snapped into place Heitmann discusses early car design which neglected anti theft technologies and spawned legions of entrepreneurial fixes some hilairous other disastrous like the. As early as 1910 Americans recognized that cars were easy to steal and once stolen hard to find especially since cars looked much alike Model styles and colors eventually changed but so did the means of making a stolen car disappear Though changing license plates and serial numbers remain basic procedure thieves have created highly sophisticated networks to disassemble stolen vehicles distribute the parts andor ship the altered cars out of the country Stealing cars has become as technologically advanced as the cars themselvesJohn A Heitmann and Rebecca H Morales’s study of automobile theft and culture exam.

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Rt of a stolen vehicle and the rise of the acceptance of gated communities surveillance cameras and tracking technology follow car theft as well At the core of this spectacular of movies novels songs surprisingly few about stolen cars with a predominance of joyriding analysis of world trade patterns via where stolen cars go over time and true crime is the paradox of why we feel so personally protective about a vehicle and why they re such attractive target. Ure and of course solving the crime and bringing criminals to justice Stealing Cars brings together expertise from the history of technology and cultural history as well as city planning and transborder studies to produce a compelling and detailed work that raises estions concerning American priorities and values Drawing on sources that include interviews government documents patents sociological and psychological studies magazines monographs scholarly periodicals film fiction and digital gaming Heitmann and Morales tell a story that highlights both human creativity and some of the paradoxes of American lif.