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Gulfport police will soon be able to chase car thieves

GULFPORT — In the city's continuing effort to crack down on juvenile car thieves, police are making a small change in their pursuit policy in hopes of making a big change in the number of car thieves they catch.

Now, police can only chase a vehicle if they believe an occupant has been involved in a violent felony.

Starting April 22, police will be able to pursue a vehicle if they think a car's occupant has been involved in a forcible felony. That includes burglary, which includes car theft.

Cracking down on car thieves has been a priority with the police, especially after data released in January showed it to be the city's fastest growing crime. Forty-eight car thefts were reported in 2008, and 79 were reported in 2009.

Chief Robert Vincent says officers have been trained to pursue a vehicle safely.

Gulfport police will soon be able to chase car thieves 04/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 9, 2010 2:04pm]
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