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"Bait Cars" Add to Law Enforcement's Ammunition
DAYTON -- Imagine leaving your home... And your car isn't there to drive! Turns out, car thieves are going to have to be a lot more careful, since police are getting even more tools.
"You know I looked around, made sure I hadn't parked it anywhere else... and kind of walked back and forth and it was just gone," said Amy Strader, who had a rough start to the week when she discovered her car was stolen.
"It was Monday morning, actually my Birthday... 'Yeah, Happy Birthday,'" she joked, and adds her 2002 Dodge Neon won't be coming back.
"They called me this morning and said they'd found it, but it had been set on fire and completely destroyed."
While Amy deals with the aggravation... she takes some comfort in knowing police are getting more tools to help catch car thieves. They already have a handful of "bait cars" employed across Ohio. When the thieves steal them, break in; it is all caught on tape. Some are high tech, because some include a fuel shut-off, controlled by remote access.
The Highway Patrol is getting four more and they'll be used by departments across Ohio, including Dayton. Car thefts are down by about 16 percent in Dayton, when compared to last year at this time. Amy Strader says while she's bucking that trend, she hopes the bait car will help increase that percentage.
"Anything that cuts down on crime, why would I be against that?" Amy said, shaking her head.
The bait cars are costing taxpayers nothing, since Nationwide Insurance is donating the four, free of charge.
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