The show "Bait Car" is real, and it takes place in cities like San Francisco, New Orleans and Los Angeles. The people who get caught stealing cars on the show are arrested.
In "Bait Car," police and camera crews set up bait cars equipped with cameras and radio trackers to catch car thieves in the act. Teams of undercover police officers drive the cars to places with high rates of car thefts, park them and leave them unattended. When criminals steal the cars, they are unknowingly tracked and recorded. When they are apprehended, they are arrested and face charges ranging from felonies to misdemeanors.