Watch My Car

College Park and the surrounding area have seen a rise in crime incidents involving vehicle theft in recent months. While we should everything possible to secure our vehicles and prevent damage and thefts, more can be done to reduce such crime our area.

In case you didn’t know, there is a FREE program to prevent car thefts. It’s called “WATCH YOUR CAR”. The “WATCH YOUR CAR” program is administered by the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council (MVTPC) and is provided as a public service, free of charge, to owners of vehicles registered in the State of Maryland. It is a voluntary vehicle registration program designed to deter auto theft and assist in the apprehension of auto thieves.

How it works: The owner(s) sign an application form stating their vehicle is not normally used between the hours of 1:00am and 5:00am which gives permission for a police officer to stop the car between the hours of 1:00am and 5:00am to verify that the driver is actually the owner of the vehicle or an authorized driver, designated by the owner. Once registered, the vehicle owner will receive 2 window decals to be placed on the front and back windows of the vehicle. Vehicle owners wishing to participate in the program can click on the link below to download the application form and submit the completed form to the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council.

Please click here to find more about the program and how to register.