CHP Catches Car Thieves

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The California Highway Patrol has been working to reduce car theft in the state, according to CHP Captain Ryan Okashima:
It’s been on the rise over the last few years, and in 2006, we have probably had our largest decrease in vehicle theft.
Okashima says the CHP hasreduced car thefts in the state by more than 5 percent over the past year by using “bait cars.”  These are cars that are equipped with global positioning equipment or GPS.  Authorities leave a car popular with thieves out on the street, unlocked and with the keys in it.
When the thief steals one, the CHP can use the GPS to track the car and arrest the culprit.
Cars at the top of thieves’ list include the Honda Accord and Civic and the Toyota Camry.