Police Use Honda Civic as Car Thief 'Bait'

A donated 2000 Honda Civic will be used by the Boston Police Department for the purpose of catching car thieves.


Apparently, catching car thieves and fishing are more similar than you think. 

Thanks to a donation to the Boston Police Department, detectives will now be using "bait," a 2000 Honda Civic, to catch car thieves in the city. 

The choice of a 2000 Honda Civic as "bait" was deliberate, as it's listed as the most stolen car in Massachusetts. In Boston in 2012, 1,575 cars were reported stolen, according to the Boston Police Department, with 106 thefts reported in Jamaica Plain's E-13 area. 

The car was a donation from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which lists the 1998 Honda Civic as the most stolen vehicle in Massachusetts, according to the most recents statistics.

"The 2000 Honda Civic is used as bait for car thieves," said Boston District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross, chair of the Committee on Public Safety. "(This was provided by) a grant written by one of our industrious police lieutenants to go after car thieves as we continue to have problems (car thieves) in this city."

Police have not released where and when the car will be used.

William Brokhof February 19, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Whoops spoiler alert. Hope those thieves aren't blog readers.
deviant rascal February 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Note to all cars thieves: the city ingeniously decided to advertise what car is being used as a "bait" car. All other cars are not the bait car. Luckily the police thought it prudent not to name the dates and locations but as long as you don;t steal a 2000 Honda Civic there is apparently NO CHANCE it's a bait car. Good call BPD.


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