Police enlist new bait car to fight auto theft

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Indianapolis has a new high-tech weapon to fight car thefts. Indianapolis is one of 14 cities around the country to receive a bait car donated by Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate Insurance Co.

In the past, police would park an appealing car in a high-crime neighborhood and wait for a thief to take the bait.

But with the bait car, an onboard device alerts dispatchers when the car is stolen. Police then use a switch to trap the thieves until officers arrive.

Police and insurers hope the new breed of bait car helps cut down on the No. 1 property crime in the United States.

Last year, some 6,400 vehicles were stolen in Indianapolis, down about 1,000 from the year before.

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