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New bait cars headed to Travco Sheriff's fleet

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Travis County Sheriffs Office will get some help with their already robust auto theft enforcement efforts.

The Sheriffs Combined Auto Theft Task Force includes 17 counties all trying to thwart car thieves. Kristin Dark with the Sheriffs Office explains that they've been offered a couple more bait cars. "Commissioners will be looking at the National Insurance Crime Bureau's intent to provide us with a donated vehicle and a loan vehicle, both of which are intended to be used as bait vehicles." Dark says the bait vehicles are left in places where auto theft tends to be a problem, like shopping center parking lots.  

The bait cars are effective according to Dark. "Bait cars are designed so that they are attractive to people who are looking to steal a car, and they're programmed in such a way that once that bait vehicle has been taken, we can literally shut it down."

Commissioners approved on consent.

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