Auto Insurance Company Helps Houston Police Combat Theft

Red hatchbackThree law enforcement departments in Texas each have a new vehicle for their anti-theft/bait vehicle programs thanks to Nationwide Insurance.

The Nationwide bait vehicle program allows police to lure potential car thieves and, once the bait car has been taken, monitor its location and ultimately turn the car off remotely.

Harris County police say that being able to shut the “bait vehicle” off without being on location will make them more effective at catching auto theft suspects.

The program has helped law enforcement officials in 17 states, with a total of 55 vehicles having been donated.

Texas communities stand to greatly benefit from the auto insurance company’s gift. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, there were 25,655 vehicle thefts in Houston in 2009.

Texas car insurance companies may charge higher premiums in areas like Houston as a result of the increased likelihood of auto theft.

“Our aggressive ‘Bait Vehicle’ program has demonstrated their value in dramatically reducing auto thefts in cities where they have been implemented, and we look forward to seeing the same results in Houston,” says Nationwide’s special investigation unit director Peter Van Patten.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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