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For Immediate Release: September 26, 2013
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792
Elizabeth Stelzer, Nationwide Insurance (614) 249-1025

 

Vehicle Thieves Beware! Patrol and Nationwide Insurance join forces to deter vehicle theft

 

Columbus – The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Nationwide Insurance are launching a statewide initiative to deter and catch vehicle thieves. In the following weeks and months, several highly equipped vehicles will be deployed in communities across Ohio. These cars have GPS tracking and in-car video surveillance capabilities, all designed to catch car thieves in-the-act.

“If you are thinking about stealing a car in Ohio, think twice,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent. “Thieves don’t know which cars are bait cars and which are not. Troopers will not only know when one of these vehicles has been stolen – but they will also have the ability to shut the car off remotely, making it easy for officers to apprehend the suspects.”

The bait vehicle project, sponsored by Nationwide, has been successfully executed in several other states.  The Patrol, working collaboratively with local law enforcement agencies, will place the bait vehicles in various communities experiencing vehicle theft. Then the Patrol will be able to monitor in real-time, from a remote location, when and where the car thief has taken the bait.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates a 1.3 percent  increase in US auto thefts in 2012, ending an eight-year run of consecutive decreases

“Nationwide takes great pride in providing support to law enforcement agencies throughout the country who work tirelessly to make our communities safer. We are particularly pleased with the relationship we have built with the Ohio State Highway Patrol right here in our own backyard,” said Nationwide Insurance Senior Vice President Dave Bano. “We repeatedly discuss the importance of using technology to stay one step ahead of criminals who seek to disrupt the lives of our customers and communities. We are committed to crime prevention programs such as bait cars.”

 

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