Stanislaus County Free Anti-Theft Steering Wheel Lock Giveaway 2013

Modesto, CA- Investigators from the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force are hoping to raise awareness and prevent auto theft throughout the county by launching a county wide campaign.        

Starting Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, officers will begin a campaign that will focus on reducing auto theft through awareness and prevention.  In addition to the ongoing suppression efforts, such as arresting thieves, recovering stolen vehicles, and prosecuting auto theft offenders, local police agencies will focus on prevention efforts by giving away free anti-theft steering wheel locking devices to owners of the top nine most stolen cars in Stanislaus County. 

Investigators have identified the top nine most stolen vehicles in Stanislaus County as:

  1. 1989 to 1997 Honda Accord
  2. 1988 to 2000 Honda Civic
  3. 1987 to 1991 Toyota Camry
  4. 1990 to 1998 Acura Integra
  5. 1984 to 1988 Toyota Tacoma
  6. 1993 to 1995 Saturn SL
  7. 1992 to 1994 Nissan Sentra
  8. 1996 to 2007 Chevy Silverado
  9. 2002 to 2004 Cadillac Escalade

The Stanislaus County Auto Theft Taskforce will be launching the campaign at the Modesto Police Department by providing free steering wheel locks starting April 16th, 2013, between 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The only three requirements are:

  1. Own a vehicle on the top nine most stolen vehicle list
  2. Vehicle must be currently registered in Stanislaus County
  3. Be a resident of Stanislaus County

After the event April 16th the clubs will be available, while supplies last, at all participating agencies throughout Stanislaus County, including the Modesto Police Department.

The auto theft task force was able to purchase the anti-theft devices with task force funds and funding assistance from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the California State University, Stanislaus, Police Department.

Auto theft in the Central Valley has been a continuing challenge for local law enforcement officers.  For the past five years the “Modesto Metropolitan Area” has ranked nationally in the top 5 areas as having the highest auto theft rates per capita.  Even though the county saw a 12.6% decrease in stolen vehicles from 2010 to 2011, the number of vehicle thefts actually increased during 2012, and continues to be a high priority for local agencies.

The Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force, which is commonly referred to as StanCATT, is a multijurisdictional team of investigators comprised of various law enforcement agencies within Stanislaus County.  “StanCATT remains highly committed to reducing the rate of auto theft within Stanislaus County” said Lieutenant Larry Chambers of StanCATT.  “StanCATT would like to commend the public for their efforts in discouraging vehicle theft within Stanislaus County.  Through their assistance, and StanCATT’s continued aggressive enforcement, we are confident we can reduce the rate of auto thefts within our county,” he said.

On average, the Modesto Police Department receives three stolen vehicle reports a day.  Although Stanislaus County law enforcement has been successful in recovering over 90% of the stolen vehicles, officers will be taking a more preventative approach which focuses on reducing the number of stolen vehicles.   

A common sense approach to protection is the simplest and most cost-effective way to deter would-be thieves.  Auto theft investigators recommend you should secure your vehicle even if parking for a brief period.  You should always:

  • ·        Remove your keys from the ignition
  • ·        Lock your doors / close your windows
  • ·        Park in a well-lit area

All Stanislaus County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the free anti-theft steering wheel lock give-away.  To pick up a free lock, simply stop by any of the participating law enforcement agencies on or after April 16th

California Highway Patrol                        California State University, Police

4030 Kiernan Avenue                                   One University Circle

Modesto, CA 95356                                     Turlock, CA 95382


Ceres Police Department                         Hughson Police Services

2727 Third Street                                          7018 Pine Street

Ceres, CA 95307                                         Hughson, CA 95326


Modesto Police Department                    Newman Police Department

600 10th Street                                              1200 Main Street

Modesto, CA 95354                                     Newman, CA 95360


Oakdale Police Department                     Patterson Police Services

245 N. Second Street                                   33 South Del Puerto Avenue

Oakdale, CA 95361                                     Patterson, CA 95363


Riverbank Police Services                      Stanislaus County District Attorney

6727 Third Street                                          832 12th Street

Riverbank, CA 95367                                   Modesto, CA 95354


Modesto Junior College                           Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Dept.

West Campus John Muir Building               250 E. Hackett Road

Modesto, CA 95352                                     Modesto, CA 95358


Waterford Police Services                       Turlock Police Department

320 E. Street                                                 900 North Palm Street

Waterford, CA 95386                                   Turlock, CA 95380

Police ask anyone who may have information regarding the identity of suspected auto thieves to call Crime Stoppers toll free at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.