If You Were Born Before The 90’s In New York, You Will Likely Know This Car Symbol
Created in 1994 and popular in the late 90’s it wasn’t too uncommon to find one of these stickers in a car window. Still somewhat popular with the older generation, many millennials have no idea what this logo actually is. After all, it looks like something suspiciously crossed between a burglar and a car – which is exactly what is intended.
In short, this sticker is basically asking cops to pull over your car, if they manage to spot it during hours that you wouldn’t be expected to drive – as there is a much higher likelihood of your car being stolen if it is being driven around at 4 AM.
The 1994 National Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Act (MVTPA) grants authority to the U.S. Attorney General for the development, in collaboration with states, of a nationwide, voluntary motor vehicle theft prevention initiative. Known as the Watch Your Car Program, this effort is structured as a cooperative partnership involving states, local governments, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). This program offers vehicle owners the option to receive decals for their vehicles, which they can voluntarily affix. These decals serve to notify law enforcement officers that the vehicle is typically not in use during the hours between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Furthermore, motorists have the choice to display an alternative decal to indicate that their vehicle is not typically driven across international land borders or in proximity to ports of entry.
The Watch Your Car program is not just native to New York and is also used in at least 11 other states. The program is also free to enroll.