Highway patrol officers have a knack for spotting thieves on the highway, but when they encounter a stolen vehicle, it can be even more difficult to catch them.
“When you’re driving along a highway, you’re almost always on the same side of the road,” said Sgt. Steve Kline of the Alaska Highway Patrol, adding that the road’s uneven terrain can make it difficult to spot vehicles that have been hit.
“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen something happen where the driver’s side window of a car is shattered or they’re smashed.
I’ve been involved in multiple crashes where that happened.”
While some officers have even resorted to the use of high-tech detection devices like cameras, Kline noted that the devices aren’t foolproof.
“They’re not 100 percent foolproof,” he said.
“We can’t always say what they’re detecting.”
In some cases, officers might be able to catch a vehicle before it reaches a police station.
But it can still be tough for them to identify the vehicle as stolen.
Kline said that it’s often best to check the license plate of the vehicle.
“The plate will indicate whether it’s a stolen or stolen vehicle,” he explained.
“You want to make sure it’s yours.
If you can find a way to identify that vehicle, you’ll be able find the person who stole it.”
But Kline admitted that it can sometimes be a struggle to track down the vehicle in the first place.
“In some cases we may not know if it’s the person driving or not,” he added.
“Sometimes you’ll see the plate, and you’ll know that’s it.”
So when it comes to spotting thieves, it’s important to always keep your eyes on the road.
And remember that no one is ever perfect, so don’t let a stolen credit card fool you into thinking that the thief was trying to get into your house.