Wired on Vancouver bait-car program

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Wired Magazine’s website has a very interesting article up on Vancouver’s long running bait-car program, which apparently is far more of a novelty than I thought [wm]. Truthfully I figured every major city had a program similar to it, but apparently it’s pretty cutting edge.

Sprawling, exurban Surrey used to be one of the car-theft capitals of North America, with 8,000 vehicles stolen in 2003. The government responded by forming the Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team, or Impact, a squad armed with infrared-camera-equipped helicopters and license-plate readers that pick out stolen cars in traffic. Impact recruited detective Scott Cooke, who had started a bait-car program in Vancouver in 2002. Since he got this larger version running four years ago, auto theft in Surrey has declined 50 percent.

1 Comment so far

  1. Udayan Tripathi (udayan) on April 7th, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

    So it would be super-easy to say why don’t the police stop baiting and just try to catch real criminals, but this *is* real crime. For that, Surrey police should be lauded. Kinda sucks when it’s an iPod and you picked it up to hand in to Lost/Found [happened with bait iPods in NYC] but you don’t start up a car to return it.



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