Police officials on Saturday will begin handing out bright yellow stickers as part of a new auto-theft prevention program.
Monrovia vehicle owners may sign up for the city's MAD-CAT (Monrovia Auto Theft Detail-Combat Auto Theft) program between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the city parking lot across from the police station on Lime Avenue. Participating owners will sign consent forms that authorize police to stop their cars if they are spotted on the road between 1 and 5 a.m. Decals will be placed in the rear window of participating vehicles.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lakewood substation initiated a similar program late last year, Deputy Rafael Estrada said. Police departments in San Diego, Redlands, Upland, Ontario and Chino also have such programs, Monrovia Police Sgt. Richard Lukofnak II said. "(Thieves) don't steal these cars, but they take the ones around it," he said.