GPS Systems Credited with Cut in Car Thefts

GPS Systems Credited with Cut in Car Thefts

January 2, 2003

MEMPHIS (AP) -- Police say the use of global positioning systems in vehicles makes it easier to put carjackers and car thieves in jail.

A vehicle equipped with the GPS system can be tracked by satellites to within a few hundred feet.

The system is increasingly common in expensive cars. It's also used by commercial trucking companies to keep track of their fleets.

About 11,000 vehicles are stolen yearly in Memphis and police recover 90 percent of them.

Major William Walsh of the auto theft bureau says the new technology should increase that percentage.

In a 2000 case where GPS evidence was used in Memphis, prosecutors sent a convicted carjacker to 72 years in federal prison.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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