God I Love Technology!
From USA Today
A thief slips into a car, hot-wires the ignition and drives off. But within blocks, the car mysteriously shuts off, the doors lock and police swoop in. Busted.
Dozens of police departments are catching car thieves just like this, with new, high-tech "bait cars" that officers can track - and control - from afar.
Bait cars are a tantalizing weapon in combating one of the nation's most common and costly crimes. Some police departments credit bait-car programs with reducing auto thefts by more than 25%. Insurance companies like the idea so much that some have begun buying bait cars for police.
As someone who owns a fairly new car (2002 Toyota Camry SE), I have often feared being the victim in such an incident. It is wonderful to hear that such an invention has come about, and is being put to practical use. Here's a rather amusing anectdote from the same article:
"We had one guy who stole a car to go to court," he says. "He was stopped right outside City Hall. We just had to take him around the block to the other side of the building to the jail entrance."
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:39 AM