Modesto police chief proposes auto theft fix

MODESTO, CA - Modesto Chief of Police Galen Carroll is pushing a plan to help reduce the city's on-going problem of auto theft.

The chief wants car dealers to be required to install anti-theft devices on cars that are on the list of cars most frequently stolen.

"This is looking at how can we stop it when you first buy a car? These cars are resold over and over. Why not stop it when it's purchased?" said Carroll.

Three Toyota models and three Honda models are on the top 10 list of cars most commonly stolen. A Toyota sales manager in Modesto is happy to see the chief pushing the plan.

"I think it's a great idea. Ye,s you'd spend money at the beginning, but save more money at the end," said Ben Lorenzo, who's had two cars stolen from his home in recent years.

A city safety committee was considering the chief's idea Monday and if it it's approved, the idea moves forward to thecity council.

"Given we're not just in the top 10, but one or two every year since 2002, (the idea) won't die. There's a good chance it will pass," said Carroll.

In 2012, Modesto had 817 cars stolen per 100,000 people. That was the highest auto theft rate in the country.



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