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* GenreSavvy: One offender upon getting in the car drove off with the door open, indicating he knew it was a bait car, and taunted the hidden camera. The officers upon arrest asked him how he knew, and said "I watch the show! I just wanted to be famous."


TruTV RealityShow that follows police auto theft squads as they plant "bait cars" (police-owned cars rigged so they can be shut down via remote control).

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TruTV [=TruTV=] RealityShow that follows police auto theft squads as they plant "bait cars" (police-owned cars rigged so they can be shut down via remote control).



* BlatantLies: A few of the perps will try to pull some of these even after it's revealed that the car was a bait car.

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* BlatantLies: A few of the perps will try to pull some of these even after it's revealed that the car was a bait car. One of the most common excuses the would-be carjackers give when the police show up is "This is my friend's car, he asked me to move it for him".



* HoldingItForAFriend: One of the most common excuses the would-be carjackers give when the police show up is "This is my friend's car, he asked him to move it for him".

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* HoldingItForAFriend: One of the most common excuses the would-be carjackers give when the police show up is "This is my friend's car, he asked him to move it for him".


* LemonyNarrator: A Narrator voices over the Bait Car stories through out each episode, throwing in snark at the criminal's expense, at every opportunity.

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* LemonyNarrator: A Narrator voices over the Bait Car stories through out throughout each episode, throwing in snark at the criminal's expense, at every opportunity.



* RareVehicles: New Orleans' black Kia Borrego is a model hardly anyone actually ''bought'', discontinued after just one year on the market (2008) due to poor sales. Being the only one like it in town probably counts as a fail for a bait car.

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* RareVehicles: New Orleans' black Kia Borrego is a model hardly anyone actually ''bought'', ''bought,'' discontinued after just one year on the market (2008) due to poor sales. Being the only one like it in town probably counts as a fail for a bait car.


* DrivingStick: Averted: one of the (L.A.?) bait cars in early seasons is a pre-Tacoma Toyota Truck[[note]] a Hilux, although that name wasn't used in North America[[/note]] with a manual transmission and surprisingly nobody (that we got to see) learned to drive it as they were stealing it.

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* DrivingStick: Averted: one of the (L.A.?) bait cars in early seasons is a pre-Tacoma Toyota Truck[[note]] pre-Toyota Tacoma truck[[note]] a Hilux, although that name wasn't used in North America[[/note]] with a manual transmission and surprisingly nobody (that we got to see) learned to drive it as they were stealing it.


* GenreSavvy: In later episodes it's getting more and more common for suspects to mention the possibility of being in a bait car or even holding the door ajar to prevent being magnetically locked in.


* LemonyNarrator: A Narrator voices over the Bait Car stories through out each episode, throwing in snark at the criminal's expense, at every opportunity. Occasionally the snarking boards into ObnoxiousSnarker territory.

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* LemonyNarrator: A Narrator voices over the Bait Car stories through out each episode, throwing in snark at the criminal's expense, at every opportunity. Occasionally the snarking boards into ObnoxiousSnarker territory.

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* LemonyNarrator: A Narrator voices over the Bait Car stories through out each episode, throwing in snark at the criminal's expense, at every opportunity. Occasionally the snarking boards into ObnoxiousSnarker territory.

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** They'll also abandon the operation if they find an already stolen car, or a more serious crime being committed. Even if someone takes it while they're gone, they can track it wherever it goes.

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* GoodSamaritan: Occasionally, you'll get a guy that will take the keys, lock the door, and either leave his number or leave the keys with a cashier at a nearby store, in order to keep the car from getting stolen.


* StupidCrooks: [[IncrediblyLamePun Entire carloads of them.]]

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* StupidCrooks: [[IncrediblyLamePun Entire carloads of them.]]


* DrivingStick: Averted: one of the (L.A.?) bait cars in early seasons is a pre-Tacoma Toyota Truck[[hottip:*: a Hilux, although that name wasn't used in North America]] with a manual transmission and surprisingly nobody (that we got to see) learned to drive it as they were stealing it.

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* DrivingStick: Averted: one of the (L.A.?) bait cars in early seasons is a pre-Tacoma Toyota Truck[[hottip:*: Truck[[note]] a Hilux, although that name wasn't used in North America]] America[[/note]] with a manual transmission and surprisingly nobody (that we got to see) learned to drive it as they were stealing it.


** However it does help catch repeat offenders and keeps the area clear for some time with the word of the people around stating that the police are around.



** However it does help catch repeat offenders and keeps the area clear for some time with the word of the people around stating that the police are around.

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** However it does help catch repeat offenders and keeps the area clear for some time with the word of the people around stating that the police are around.

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* ImplausibleDeniability: 99% of the people caught in the Bait Car will deny stealing it, usually making up an excuse stating they were taking it to the police station (despite the cameras clearly showing them talking about how they are going to get money off of it). There is even one memorable guy where after getting out denied ever seeing or being in the car prior to said arrest even after the police stated they had video footage.

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