Ada Police to Issue Vehicle Safety Report Cards - KTEN.com - No One Gets You Closer

Ada Police to Issue Vehicle Safety Report Cards

Posted:
ADA, OK--Summer is a hot time for car thieves, as police say auto thefts and burglaries skyrocket every year. To combat the crime, one local police department has decided to start grading drivers on vehicle safety. The new program, however, might not get the response officers are hoping for.

Starting Wednesday, Ada police officers will begin handing out report cards for drivers. Whether you pass or fail will depend on a few things. Local drivers said they were shocked when they heard a grading system was coming to town.

"I know what I have in my car, I don't need a police officer to come tell me," said Ada resident Anthony Radosevich.

Ada officers say like every other summer,  they expect the number of car thefts to go up during the next few months.

"There's more people out day and night during the summer," said Officer Ariana Rice.

In an effort to battle those statistics and protect drivers, police are implementing a new pass or fail report card system.

"It's just awareness to know what's in your vehicle, where it's parked and to lock it," said Rice.

She says a bad grade won't bring a fine, and will depend on whether your door is locked or if you have  any valuables in plain sight.

"Things we look for are backpacks, purses, cash coins left in the center console," said Rice.

Ada residents we talked to, however, said they think the program isn't worth the department's time. Many are worried that leaving bright pink failed report cards out in the open could actually attract car crooks.

"You know, that would have plenty of time for the thief to come in and say 'This one's failed, I don't even have to check to see if the doors are unlocked, the cops already did it for me!'" said Mike Rudd.

Radosevich said, "I just think this is going to be a really gray area where they can overstep their boundaries and violate mine."

Officer Rice wants drivers to know, however, that officers are not allowed to open doors. She says the entire safety check is done from observation. Some drivers told us they feel safer with the program in place.

"I feel safer when I know that somebody else is working to keep me safe," said Ada driver Kallo Hill.

The program is funded by a grant  for crime prevention. Drivers who receive a report card do not need to check in with police.