B.C. bait cars to start carrying bait property
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 31, 2013 4:58PM PST
Last Updated Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:48PM PST
VANCOUVER - For a decade, police in B.C. have used bait cars and other vehicles to catch auto thieves, now they're planting bait property inside vehicles to nab smash-and-grab crooks.
The bait car program, in which vehicles are rigged with video cameras, GPS systems and remote ignition locks, has been in use in B.C. since 2003, and police say it has helped reduce auto theft by 73 per cent during that time.
Now, they're moving to tackle thieves who break into cars and steal everything from wallets to toolboxes.
Police say GPS devices planted in property left in bait vehicles will help lead them to the thieves.
The top items stolen from vehicles include smartphones, laptops, tools, credit cards, ID and stereo equipment.
The move to bait property comes after police noticed a slight increase in thefts from vehicles in B.C. in the last four months of 2012.
For more information on the bait car program, and a list of the top 10 most wanted car thieves, click here.