Poll: What do you think about bait cars?
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View poll results: What do you think about bait cars?
Effective crime deterrence.
89 49%
Predatory law enforcement practice.
75 41%
Other
6 3%
I'm not a lawyer, piss off.
12 7%
Voters: 182.
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#1
Title is self-explanatory. What do you think about bait cars? Is it right for police to have the ability to present people with opportunities to commit crimes like this? For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, and/or haven't seen the show, I have links:

Heres a link to a guy getting caught.

This is 3 girls getting caught

Basically, police leave a car with keys in the ignition in a public setting. One or more people get in the car and drive a few blocks, the police use a remote to shut the car off and lock the thief in the car, and arrest them for theft.

What do you think pit? Effective crime deterrence? Or, abuse of police resources and privileges and an overall predatory practice?

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#2
I think they're hilarious.
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#4
hahaha I think it's great. Get the scum off the street.
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#5
It's only effective crime deterrence if the people they catch are repeat offenders and they get put away for a while.
#6
Yea, bait cars seem more like a game than a way to stop crime. There are worse things being done, and yet the police are setting up crimes to be committed instead of getting out and stopping real ones.
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#7
I think it's bad and they should feel bad.
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#8
They should make a hidden camera reality TV show.

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#10
The majority of the time, the criminals are repeat offenders. It's not like they're provoking anyone who wouldn't normally commit a crime.

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#11
I think it's funny and people who get caught are dumbasses.
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#13
I think we just had this thread a couple of weeks ago, at most.
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#14
Ordinary law abiding people don't think "Hey, a car with it's keys inside. I'm gonna take it"
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#15
Bait cars are the funniest thing ever, but ...


I think it would be funnier on a smaller scale though, with cds or something. make a stakeout operation at a shop, leave a cd on a table and taser whoever grabs it
It's over simplified, So what!

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#16
It's stupid and it only encourages more crime just the the cops can have some sick fun. I would prefer if my tax money to pay these guys would go towards them not waiting an hour to show up when I call them instead of them baiting some dumbasses.
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#17
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Bait cars are the funniest thing ever, but ...


I think it would be funnier on a smaller scale though, with cds or something. make a stakeout operation at a shop, leave a cd on a table and taser whoever grabs it



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#18
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Ordinary law abiding people don't think "Hey, a car with it's keys inside. I'm gonna take it"


This. If people are dumb enough to take the bait, they deserve to be charged.
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#19
I love how these shows always target minorities. I'm torn regarding the usefulness of this though. I guess it's getting a few car thieves off the street, but there's always more important stuff to be dealing with. Tough call.
#20
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This. If people are dumb enough to take the bait, they deserve to be charged.
Hence the whole "taser CD" concept.
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#21
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This. If people are dumb enough to take the bait, they deserve to be charged.

Fair enough, but is it really worth it to spend police time on actively trying to make people criminals instead of doing something that would help against it?
#22
Should only be used if the police are trying to catch someone, and if the wrong person takes the car, sucks for the police
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#23
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Should only be used if the police are trying to catch someone, and if the wrong person takes the car, sucks for the police


Hardly. Sucks for the person who took the car.
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#27
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It's kinda wrong



IS laughing at it though?
It's over simplified, So what!

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#28
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Should only be used if the police are trying to catch someone, and if the wrong person takes the car, sucks for the police


How could it be the wrong person? They'd be after car thieves after all.
#29
It's entrapment, I say. Fvck the police!
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#30
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Should only be used if the police are trying to catch someone, and if the wrong person takes the car, sucks for the police

Okay, in the case of trying to catch a local car thief who has struck multiple times, i can see this as a useful tool to catch said person, but otherwise no.
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#31
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Yea, bait cars seem more like a game than a way to stop crime. There are worse things being done, and yet the police are setting up crimes to be committed instead of getting out and stopping real ones.

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#33
I'm against it

It's a way for the police to say: "hey have successfully caught this amount of criminal" but in reality they've set up the crime. It's not really fair if you ask me.
#34
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Entrapment is illegal, no?

Lazy on the police's part.


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It's entrapment, I say. Fvck the police!


It's not entrapment.
"In criminal law, entrapment is conduct by a law enforcement agent inducing a person to commit an offense that the person would otherwise have been unlikely to commit."

These people are repeat offenders, and are in no way forced to take the car.
#35
It seems good but I don't like the practice of setting people up
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#36
As in entanglement? No, I generally don't like it. However, it's my opinion that I have to evaluate it on a case by case basis and create individualized judgments for each scenario.

EDIT: LOL at "entanglement." Meant entrapment.
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#38
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Against it, waste of time. There's enough crime going on already that needs police attention without the cops trying to score points with sleazy shit like this.


This.
#40
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I love how these shows always target minorities. I'm torn regarding the usefulness of this though. I guess it's getting a few car thieves off the street, but there's always more important stuff to be dealing with. Tough call.


They just target areas of the city that have particularly high crime rates, which happen to have a high percentage of minorities


It's not entrapment. As someone already said, a large majority of the car-jackers have a criminal past. It gets criminals off of the streets, period. Don't steal a freakin car and you won't pay the consequences
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