GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Reports show summer is a busy season for car thieves, either to steal your whole car or simply break into it.
But the Grand Junction Police Department are getting creative to curb their efforts.
By using a bait vehicle program, GJPD is able to lure in and apprehend suspects red handed, in mid-theft.
"We're getting the right people, these people have histories of this kind of thing before so it is successfully used," says GJPD Sergeant Douglas Norcross. "Here in the Grand Valley in the last year, 2012, we had just under 300 auto thefts in the valley."
Norcross says thieves look for obvious signs of an easy and fruitful getaway... keys in the visor or on the dashboard, open windows, or cell phones and iPods in the cup holder.
Grand Junction police have been using bait cars the past three years and are pleased with it's success, saying they'll continue to use it as long as it works.