No One Takes 'Bait Car' in El Cerrito

El Cerrito police and the California Highway Patrol placed a 'bait car' in various commercial locations in the city for eight hours Friday. They kept close watch on the vehicle, which could be stopped by remote control. No one tried to take it

No thieves took the bait in El Cerrito Friday when offered an easy-to-steal car.

The El Cerrito Police Department teamed up with the California Highway Patrol and "deployed a 'bait car' in a number of commercial areas to see if anyone would steal the car," said El Cerrito Police Lt. Paul Keith.

No one did.

It was deployed for eight hours, Keith said. Plainclothes officers and CHP officers kept watch over the vehicle, which is wired to be stopped by remote control if someone tries to drive it away. El Cerrito police also had units nearby in case a pursuit was needed, he said.

Police don't want to disclose the exact make and model because they don't want to tip off would-be thieves, Keith said. The CHP keeps a range of vehicles to use and rotates their deployment, he said.

Frequently used are Hondas and Acuras, which are commonly stolen makes, he said.

The cars are left in various states to make theft easy – such as being unlocked, having the keys in the vehicle, leaving the motor running or some combination of these circumstances, Keith said.


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LesPerez March 28, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Next time put $100 bills on the drivers seat.
Walter March 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
..or if they want more action, move it to Richmond!
phoenix March 28, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Our tax dollars at work... ugh
John Stashik March 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Good to see our police proactive. Perps could get the impression El Cerrito is not a good place to commit crimes.


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