A new study found that while non-metals can be easily stolen, metals can be easier to break into.
The findings were presented at the annual conference of the International Solid-State Circuits Society, or ISSC, and the results were announced by the International Society of Materials Scientists (ISMS).
The researchers say that non-metal thieves are not motivated by an interest in making money or property, but rather because they want to make a quick buck.
That means they are motivated by stealing because they do not feel threatened, according to the study.
The study looked at nearly 7,500 thefts in six countries from 2008 to 2012.
It analyzed the vehicles that were stolen and their owners.
The thieves were mostly men and the most common thieves were men aged between 20 and 50.
The researchers found that thieves were motivated by three primary motivations:The first is money.
According to the researchers, non-mineral thieves in the study were more likely to have stolen their car from a store than they were from a dealership.
The second was because they were motivated to steal because they are scared.
The third is because they feel threatened.
“If you are a non-material, your first motivation is not to steal, but you are not necessarily interested in making a quick profit,” said Dr. Peter R. Schulz, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and a co-author of the study published in the journal Science Advances.
“This means that non material thieves are less motivated than criminals who steal because of a desire to be the biggest hit,” he said.
The next question is whether the thieves feel threatened and how they respond to threats.
Schatz said that is not necessarily the case.
“The question is, are they actually threatened, and if so, how do they respond?” he said, adding that it is difficult to assess the risk of the thieves because it depends on the people involved.
The ISMS is a nonprofit research organization that promotes the safety of materials.
The organization has been a partner of the University of Michigan’s Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1992 and has been awarded more than $2.6 million in grants since 1999.
Schulz said that although non-mining materials are a big target for thieves, he said the research has not identified a concrete threat.
“It is really hard to determine a single specific vulnerability,” he told ABC News.
“It’s not the most important thing to a thief, but it’s something you can identify and prevent.”
The researchers believe that while some non-magical materials may be more susceptible to theft than other materials, other non-machined materials may not be.
“There are some nonmagical non-reactive materials, such as stainless steel, that are less susceptible to damage by the thief than other nonmagicals,” Schulz said.
“If a thief wants to steal a nonmagically reactive material, that could be a problem, too.”
The ISCS also presented the results of a survey that the researchers conducted on their participants and discovered that more than a third of the non-mechanical thieves in their study were male.
They say it is important to know who the non metal thieves are so that you can prevent them from stealing.