June 11, 2013
Concord PD offers free anti-theft devices to owners of targeted car models beginning June 18
According to FBI statistics, California experiences more auto theft than any other state in the U.S. Victims of stolen vehicles in Concord know this reality all too well. Although reports of auto theft in Concord have declined significantly over the past five years, an analysis of vehicle thefts in Concord in 2012 revealed that some specific makes, models and years of vehicles are stolen at a significantly higher rate than newer model vehicles.
To impact this vehicle-specific crime trend, the Concord Police Department is targeting these commonly stolen vehicles to offer their owners a free anti-theft device, commonly referred to as "The Club."
The purpose of this program – dubbed Operation Wheel-Lock -- is to educate vehicle owners about their vulnerability to auto theft and to offer The Club for use as an additional layer of security and theft prevention. Although no vehicle security device is 100% effective, The Club has proven to be an inexpensive and effective auto-theft deterrent.
The Club will be provided free of charge to the following car owners, subject to a few eligibility conditions:
- Any vehicle owner who owns an operable 1985 to 2005 model year Honda, Toyota, Nissan, or Acura passenger car, currently registered in Concord.
- Any vehicle owner who is employed within the city of Concord, who owns and commutes using an operable 1985 to 2005 model year Honda, Toyota, Nissan, or Acura passenger car.
It is the Concord Police Department's hope that anyone taking advantage of one of these free security Clubs will consistently commit to using them when they are away from their vehicle, and in the process reduce the likelihood that they will be victimized. Over time, the expectation is there will be a reduction in reported thefts of these vehicles in the city of Concord.
Since there are a limited number of free security Clubs to distribute to the public (900), CPD staff must confirm the vehicle is operable and either registered in Concord, or used to commute to Concord for employment.
To benefit from this free program, any car owner who meets the eligibility criteria should drive their vehicle (as described above) to the Concord Police Department at 1350 Galindo St. in Concord. Owners should bring with them evidence of the vehicle registration address in Concord (DMV registration documents), and/or evidence of employment in Concord (paycheck stub, business card, etc.).
Commencing June 18, security Clubs will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis from the Community Service Desk, located on the 1st floor of the Concord Police Department.
To confirm the on-going availability of the Clubs and/or the Service Desk hours of operation, please call (925) 671-3220 or go on the web to: http://www.cityofconcord.org/police/
Concord PD Officers may also distribute some Clubs in the field, in circumstances where a stolen vehicle is recovered and returned to the registered owner.
General questions about the program can be directed to the Concord Police Department Investigations Division at (925) 671-3030.
The purchase of all 900 security Clubs was paid for using 100% asset forfeiture funds and no budgeted City funds were used to finance this program. At this time we are unable to provide Clubs to commercial vehicles (pickup trucks) or other makes/types of vehicles not specifically described in this program. There are no plans to extend the program once the initial supply of Clubs has been distributed to eligible vehicle owners.
Lieutenant David Hughes
Concord Police Department – Investigations
1350 Galindo Street
Concord, CA 94520