"They're basically targeting vehicles that are left unlocked outside," Magno said.
Unfortunately, that vehicle was just one of six stolen cars retrieved this year. It’s an aggravating statistic that has police offering an open invite to catch the criminals. Bait vehicles have been placed in undisclosed neighborhoods. They are left unlocked with keys in the ignition, waiting for a carjacker to get lured in so GPS can track them town.
"If a vehicle with GPS is moved it triggers a software program that is on our computer systems here in dispatch and on the phones of some supervisors so immediately we will track that vehicle and have officers respond," said Oliva.
Oliva said the easiest way to prevent this from happening to you is to keep all of your doors locked. All 38 vehicles stolen from Franklin this year were left unlocked.