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CAR THEFT MNEMONIC DEVICE

"CYMBAL"

Submitter comment: THE LETTERS IN THE MNEMONIC STAND FOR ITEMS DESCRIPTIVE OF
THE STOLEN CAR. THEY ARE: COLOR, YEAR, MAKE, BODY STYLE, AND
LICENSE NUMBER. THE "A" IS NOT PART OF THE MNEMONIC; HOWEVER, ITS
LETTER POSITION IS USED TO REPRESENT THE CAR'S SERIAL OR "VIN"
NUMBER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; POLICE DEPARTMENT

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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POLICE MOON BELIEF

MANY DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS BELIEVE THAT RECKLESS DRIVING,
ROWDYISM AND VANDALISM INCREASE ON NIGHTS WITH A FULL MOON.

Where learned: DETROIT ; POLICE DEPARTMENT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 04-00-1979

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