Starting this summer the City of Carlsbad Police Department will be giving residents’ cars "report cards."
It’s all part of a new initiative called “Operation Report Card,” intended to curb the rising vehicle crime in the area.
According to police, each summer, more residents report from their unattended vehicles, so officers believe taking your things from unattended cars will reduce the "opportunity" for crime.
Officers will be checking cars in recreation areas, leaving the "report card" on the windshield with either a "Congratulations! Thank you for removing all opportunities for crime” or “Caution, the unattended property inside your vehicle has created an opportunity for crime.”
The yellow notice also has safety tips for keeping your belongings and vehicle safe.
The notice suggests removing all property from unattended vehicles, parking your car where you can see it and never hiding a key in your car.
“The goal of the program is to create a police/community collaboration that ultimately reduces the occurrences of vehicle crime,” said Police Chief Gary Morrison in a news release. “Effective policing takes teamwork and together we can reduce crime and ensure a safe and secure summer for everyone.”
Similar programs have been used throughout the country, but this is the first time it will be implemented in Carlsbad. Carlsbad Police remind residents to report suspicious activity or report a crime by calling at 760-931-2197 day or night.