Bait car program hopes to reduce vehicle theft in Fort St. John

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A bait car is a vehicle owned by the police and is intended to be stolen, equipped with audio and video technology. After the bait car is stolen, its GPS tracking device monitors the location, speed and direction of travel.

The dispatcher coordinates a police response and with the click of a button, the engine of the bait car is disabled, allowing for a quick arrest and better chance of conviction, thanks to the audio and video played in court.

The bait car can be of any make or model, placed in an unspecified location around Fort St. John.

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 In addition to the bait car, RCMP has included ‘bait property’ in the program.

Bait property can range from anything including, but not limited to, a tool box or gym bag. Of course, these items are monitored while in the vehicle by police.

RCMP advises everyone to keep valuable possessions with you at all times, and if it must be left in vehicle, ensure the items are out of sight or better yet, locked in the truck.

The RCMP also says it’s in the best interest to “engrave your stereo and other vehicle accessories with your driver’s licence number” and use a vehicle anti-theft device. 

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