Sand Springs PD using stickers to crack down on auto thefts
SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (KTUL) —
Not too long ago, thieves took an interest in the Rolling Oaks neighborhood in Sand Springs.
Several cars were burglarized over the course of about a month.
Garrett Larsen remembers it well.
Recent deaths in the family left them with more vehicles than people at their home. Larsen said all of them have been broken into at least once.
"My mom is really unlucky when it comes to that," said Larsen.
Sand Springs police got together with their neighbors to teach them about preventing break-ins from happening again, but there's more to be done.
There's not a whole lot police can do about preventing someone from breaking into your car, but if someone steals your car, police now have a new program they think could really help.
It's a sticker you can put on the rear window of your vehicle if you're not on the road between 1:00 and 5:00 in the morning.
If police spot your vehicle between those hours, they can pull it over to find out who's driving. It's a program they first tried out years ago.
"We just thought this was a neat idea to bring back," said Todd Enzbrenner with the Sands Springs Police Department.
Enzbrenner said it's not a perfect program.
Tinted windows could make it hard to see the sticker, and there's nothing stopping a crook from removing the sticker once they've stolen your car.
"Honestly, if it helps us recover one person's car, then it's done its job," said Enzbrenner.
Enzbrenner said Tuesday was the first day of the program, and they're already seeing a good response.
The reflective stickers are available for free at the Sand Springs Police Department.