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Boston Police Using a Honda Civic as 'Bait' for Car Thieves

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 156 thefts reported in the South End's D-4 area. 

The car was a donation from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which lists the 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 with (car thieves) in this city."

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

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Sara Jacobi February 14, 2013 at 06:47 PM
That doesn't seem very smart to report on what kind of car the police will use as bait. Any thief reading this will stay away from Honda Civics! Just by leaving out that detail, you might have deterred car thieves (the literate ones) from stealing several different kinds of cars. Too bad.
Sara Jacobi February 14, 2013 at 09:01 PM
this information came from the city of Boston, so.. if it were meant to have been a police secret, it would have been. It's also unlikely that even knowing about this would prevent someone from trying to steal a Honda Civic. And that car thieves read South End Patch. also please change your username, thanks!

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