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Anti-Auto Theft Program Sunday

The 100 Precinct will sponsor an Anti-Auto Theft Reduction Program on Sunday, May 21 (weather permitting) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the precinct house, located at 92-24 Rockaway Beach boulevard.

The following programs will be available:

The VIN (vehicle identification number) will be permanently etched onto all the windows of your auto through a chemical process. The advantage of this program is that it reduces the value of the car to a thief and helps identify stolen parts.

The C.A.T. (Combat Auto Theft) Program - This program is done by attaching a C.A.T. sticker to the rear side windows of your auto. The owner signs an authorization form which allows the police department to stop your auto during the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. If you are out and you are stopped you just need to show proper identification.

Commuter C.A.T. - This program is specifically for those residents who commute and leave their auto parked for the day. This is the same as the C.A.T. program except the hours that you may be stopped are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

H.E.A.T. (Help End Auto Theft) - This is a new citywide volunteer program to combat auto theft. In order to participate you must be: a New York City resident, a registered owner of a motor vehicle, and be above the age of 40 years old.

When you register in this program two decals are placed on your vehicle. The decals inform the police that anyone driving the vehicle who is under the age of 25, is doing so without the owner’s consent. It authorized the police to stop and check your vehicle. H.E.A.T. is in effect 24 hours a day.

(P.O. Rick Heuther, Crime Prevention Officer of the 100 Precinct, encourages Rockawayites to help police reduce auto theft and reduce their chances of becoming a victim. He urges one and all to stop by Saturday and sign up for these program. All are free. The VIN etching program will only be available weather permitting. All other programs will be carried out regardless of the weather).

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