Motor Vehicle Theft: Definition, Statistics & Law


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According to the FBI, how is motor vehicle theft defined?

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1. According to the FBI, a motor vehicle does NOT include which type of vehicle?

2. As of 2013, how often is a motor vehicle stolen in the United States?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

You can use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you evaluate your grasp of the nature of motor vehicle theft. Among other factors in order to pass the quiz, you'll need to be familiar with motor vehicle theft as defined by law as well as the frequency of the crime itself.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your knowledge of:

  • The FBI's definition of mother vehicle theft
  • What does and does not constitute a motor vehicle
  • How often a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States
  • When the Motor Vehicle Theft Act was enacted
  • Where motor vehicle thefts most often occur

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of motor vehicle theft
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about auto theft frequency
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about motor vehicle theft and the law against it

Additional Learning

To learn more about automobile theft, review the accompanying short lesson titled Motor Vehicle Theft: Definition, Statistics 7 Law. The lesson concentrates on the following objectives:

  • Describe how the FBI is able to amass a database of motor vehicle thefts
  • Discuss why California has the highest incidence or motor vehicle theft in the country
  • Identify the three requirements which must be met in accordance with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act for a crime to be classified as motor vehicle theft
  • Explain what factors can influence the penalty incurred for stealing a motor vehicle