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Farm Related Theft in Iowa 1982

NCJ Number
P R Oberg
Date Published
90 pages
This 1982 report on farm-related theft in Iowa, using data from the Uniform Crime Reports, provides information on the nature and scope of farm-related theft, the theft of various farm commodities, and geographic patterns of farm-related theft.
In 1982, 1.6 percent of the total theft incidents in the State were farm-related, accounting for 6.3 percent of the total value lost. One farm in 55 reported losses due to theft in 1982, compared to 1 in 46 in 1981. Farm-related thefts decreased between 1979 and 1982. Young males were usually involved in these thefts. The theft of farm machinery caused the most substantial theft loss to farmers and farm implement dealers, although losses dropped almost 30 percent. The theft of most farm-related items occurred during the winter. Different production areas experienced different types of losses. Loss rates were higher along the State's borders for certain commodities; fewer farm-related thefts were reported in areas adjacent to the interstate system. The data from 1979-82 suggest that farm theft is a crime of opportunity. Maps, data tables, and an appendix presenting additional data are supplied. (Author summary modified)