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San Joaquin County Police Agencies Look to Combat Auto Theft
San Joaquin County Police Agencies Look to Combat Auto Theft

Tracy, Calif. - The Tracy Police Department in collaboration with the Delta Regional Auto Theft Team is hoping to raise awareness and prevent auto theft throughout the City by offering steering wheel locking devices free of charge to city residents on a first-come basis. This is due to a recent increase in auto thefts within the City of Tracy.

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 San Joaquin County.

Investigators have identified the top nine most stolen vehicles in San Joaquin County as:
1. 1989 to 1997 Honda Accord
2. 1988 to 2000 Honda Civic
3. 1987 to 1996 Toyota Camry
4. 1990 to 1998 Acura Integra
5. 1993 to 1998 Saturn SL
6. 1992 to 1994 Nissan Sentra
7. 1989 to 2001 Chevy Pickup
8. 1987 to 1995 Toyota Pickup
9. 1987 to 1995 Nissan Pickup

The only three requirements are:
1. Own a vehicle on the top nine most stolen vehicle list
2. Vehicle must be currently registered
3. Be a resident of San Joaquin County

Auto theft in San Joaquin County has been a continuing challenge for local law enforcement officers. For the past several years San Joaquin County has ranked nationally in the top 10 areas as having the highest auto theft rates per capita.

A common sense approach to protection is the simplest and most cost-effective way to thwart 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
• Never leave keys to vehicles you own inside any of your vehicles

The Delta Regional Auto Theft Team, which is commonly referred to as Delta RATT, is a multi-agency team of investigators comprised of various law enforcement agencies within San Joaquin County.

To pick up a free lock, simply stop by any of the participating law enforcement agencies with your current vehicle registration. Supplies of the steering wheel locks are limited, and will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Residents wanting to pick up a lock outside of the City of Tracy are encouraged to call ahead to ensure locks are still available at the other locations.

Tracy Police Department Lodi Police Department
1000 Civic Center Drive 215 West Elm Street
Tracy, CA 95376 Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 831-6550 (209) 333-6727

California Highway Patrol San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Dept.
3330 N. Ad Art Road 7000 Michael Canlis Blvd
Stockton, CA 95215 French Camp, CA 95231
(209) 943-8600 (209) 468-4400

Stockton Police Department Manteca Police Department
22 East Market Street 1001 Center Street
Stockton, CA 95202 Manteca, CA 95337
(209) 937-8377 (209) 456-8100

Ripon Police Department Escalon Police Department
259 N. Wilma Avenue 2040 McHenry Avenue
Ripon, CA 95336 Escalon, CA 95320
(209) 599-2102 (209) 838-7093 December 3, 2015 Page 3 of 3
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Lathrop Police Department SUSD Police Department
15597 Seventh Street 1326 North San Joaquin
Lathrop, CA 95330 Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 858-5551 (209) 933-7085

California Highway Patrol San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Dept
385 W. Grantline Road 19456 North Jack Tone Road
Tracy, CA 95376 Lockeford, CA 95237
(209) 835-8920 (209) 727-9938

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Office: (209) 831-6510