To help catch car thieves police sometimes setup a “bait car” which is actually intended to be stolen. They rig the car up gadgets such as GPS units so that after the car is stolen they will be able to follow the thief, arrest them, and retrieve their precious new car.
Of course that is how it is supposed to work. In Dallas, Texas that wasn’t exactly the case. The police had rigged the bait car with a GPS unit and they were “happy” to see it get stolen. The problem was that the GPS unit then malfunctioned and the thief got away.
The thing that shocks me the most is that they only have one GPS unit inside the car. I would have thought that they would plan for a unit to fail and so they would have put other tracking devices inside as well. I mean really, how often does something actually work when you want it to…especially electronics!