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Reported vehicle theft has fallen to a 20-year low even as the number of vehicles on the road has doubled, as manufacturers install sophisticated anti-theft technology in cars and police target organized car-theft rings.
The FBI estimates 956,846 motor vehicles were stolen in 2008 — 315 cars for every 100,000 people. That's less than half the rate in 1991, when a high of 1.66 million vehicles were stolen — 659 for every 100,000 people. Data for 2009 are not yet available.
Originally posted by Ahabstar
Myself, I would say that the fact that a greater number of people are at home due to being unemployed coupled with the dramatic increase in gun sales would have more to do with theft prevention to the criminal mind than GPS and ignition inhibitors.
Originally posted by Doc Tesla
...technology in car safety has come a long way.
Bait Car Live
The Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team (IMPACT) is serving notice that we are turning up the heat on car thieves with the introduction of new ‘Bait Car Live’ technology in all of our Bait Cars. ‘Bait Car Live’ now provides for live audio and video feed which is viewed in real time by the police dispatcher. The dispatcher will immediately be able to tell the police over the radio how many occupants there are, their descriptions, whether they have any weapons and what other crimes they are talking about.
This is a huge benefit for police officer safety and a great tool to gather information and intelligence before the suspects are arrested. To show you how dangerous it can be for the police when attempting to stop a stolen car, we have put together a montage of 3 separate bait car videos that really speak for themselves.