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Opening Arguments

Bait the bums

The Indy Star has an interesting story about the new bait car Indianapolis Police are going to be using, which is a pretty cool way to get would-be car thieves off the street without chasing them through neighborhoods at 100 mph. This is the part that stopped me:

A Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV was used for a demonstration during Tuesday's ceremony at the City-County Building, but another car will be used as the real bait. The insurance company and IMPD won't reveal the make or model that will be used as bait, but older cars are the most frequently stolen in Indiana.

While the Cadillac Escalade is the most frequently stolen car around the U.S., according to some insurance statistics, Indiana's most stolen vehicles are the 1990 Chevrolet full-size pickup truck and the 1999 Ford Taurus, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

A 1990 Chevy pickup and a 1999 Taurus? Our thieves aren't even ambitious enough to look for newer, pricier cars? Lock the lazy bums up before they give our criminal class a bad reputation.


Bob G.
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 8:48am

Leo, the reason these vehciles are named is simple:
Ease of entry & theft.
Some models are engineered that way...guess they were too busy upgrading that damn stereo to think about door locks that cannot be tampered with...
Blame that on those bailed-out automakers!

They are going to have a show on some cable channel (A&E?) called BAIT-CAR, and I've seen videos in years past of would-be thieves TRYING to get away, as the car grinds to a halt, and THEN locks them then hell INSIDE until the 5-0 rolls up....

Funny stuff.
(except if it's YOUR car, sans video cameras)

Wed, 04/01/2009 - 9:06am

You're both wrong. Older cars are high on most-stolen lists because they're used for parts. Which means there are a lot of 1990 Chevy pickups and 1999 Tauruses still on the road, and parts are scarce. Don't let me interfere with your fantasies, however.

Leo Morris
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 9:27am

So does that make our thieves smarter than those in other places who are wasting their time stealing the Escalades? And, don't worry, I never let anyone interfere with my fantasies. I have this one where I steal a 1990 Chevy pickup, and we drive to the levee, see, but it's dry, and you say, well, hell, here, take a swig of this whiskey and rye. Then it gets complicated.

Bob G.
Wed, 04/01/2009 - 10:01am

Leo, lemme get that 1990 Chevy pickup front fender for 'ya...
Here, hold my beer...and watch this.