12/02/2010

Seattle police to tweet stolen car descriptions

Will publish the color, year, make, model, body style and license plate numbers

Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Seattle police department said Wednesday it will start tweeting information on stolen vehicles in an effort to curb rising auto theft rates.

It will publish the color, year, make, model, body style and license plate numbers on a Twitter account dubbed "Get your car back."

Seattle police say the average number of cars stolen per day in the city has risen from 8.46 last year to 9.9 this year, and more than 3,000 were stolen through October.

Employees at the 911 Seattle call center will tweet a car's information after it is reported stolen.

The department is encouraging Twitter followers who spot stolen cars to call police but not to contact any occupants.

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