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Watch Your Car Program

When it's 3:00 a.m. - Do you know where your car is?

Maryland's WATCH YOUR CAR program is a free and voluntary national vehicle registration and theft prevention program. Vehicle owners sign an agreement stating their vehicle is not normally used between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The agreement states that if a police officer, anywhere in the United States observes a "WATCH YOUR CAR" vehicle being operated between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., the officer may stop the vehicle and verify the operator is the owner or has the right to be in possession of the vehicle.

Remember - a majority of vehicles are stolen during nighttime hours when you are asleep!

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The Anne Arundel County Police Department has been registering vehicles for approximately two years. We find it to be another very useful tool used by law enforcement to recover stolen vehicles and also prevent the theft of registered vehicles. The "WATCH YOUR CAR" program is available at no cost and requires no actions from the vehicle owner after they register the vehicle in the program. When the vehicle is registered, a decal is placed on the front windshield and one on the rear window indicating participation in the program. The program is coordinated by the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Crime Prevention Section.

To register your car you can go to Police Headquarters or any of the four district stations between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Before going to the districts, call to arrange an appointment. You can also receive a registration form by calling the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Crime Prevention Section at (410) 222-0042 or on the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council website. Once the registration form is returned, the decals will be sent to you.



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