Friday Crime Vids – Bait Cars Rule!

Posted: August 16, 2013 in Humor, Policing
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According to FBI statistics, over 700,000 cars were stolen in the U.S. in 2011, for a total loss of over 4 billion dollars. That’s a huge economic hit.

The most stolen car in 2010 and 2011? The 1994 Honda Civic

The most stolen car in 2010 and 2011? The 1994 Honda Civic

For many people, though, a car is more than just a possession – it’s also a necessity for getting to work, running errands, getting kids to and from school, and many other essential activities of daily life. I’ve never personally had a car stolen, but I can just imagine the anger, fear, and loss people feel when something like that does happen.

That’s why I love these police bait cars!

This week’s vids feature several entertaining examples of how police use these cars to fight vehicle theft. The basic idea is a simple one:

  • Equip a car with low-light cameras, audio recording equipment, and the capability to remotely turn off the ignition;
  • Park it in a neighborhood frequented by car thieves;
  • Leave the keys inside to make things easy;
  • Wait.

It’s sort of like fishing, but with the added bonus that you get to see the priceless reactions of those caught in the act.

Click, kick back, and enjoy!

ABC News story

“Oh, the police are behind us”

What not to do when caught in a bait car sting

Have a safe weekend!

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