COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new effort has been launched by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Nationwide Insurance to deter and catch car thieves.
Here's how it will work. In the following weeks and months, several highly-equipped vehicles or bait cars will be deployed in communities across the state. These cars have GPS tracking and in-car video surveillance capabilities, all designed to catch car thieves in the act. If someone tries to steal one of these vehicles, troopers will know immediately.
“If you are thinking about stealing a car in Ohio, think twice,” Patrol Superintendent Colonel Paul A. Pride said in a press release. “Thieves don’t know which cars are bait cars and which are not. Troopers will not only know when one of these vehicles has been stolen, but they will also have the ability to shut the car off remotely, making it easy for officers to apprehend the suspects.”
Troopers will work in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies to place the bait vehicles in different communities where car theft is high. Then troopers can monitor in real-time from a remote location when and where a car thief steals the vehicle.
This program has been highly successful in several other states.
“We repeatedly discuss the importance of using technology to stay one step ahead of criminals who seek to disrupt the lives of our customers and communities. We are committed to crime prevention programs such as bait cars,” said Nationwide Insurance Senior Vice President Dave Bano.
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