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620 W Division St
P.O. Box 1065
Arlington, TX 76004-1065

Phone: 817-459-5700

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Car Audio Recovery (C.A.R.) Program

C.A.R. is a customer and retailer burglary prevention program for vehicle audio equipment. The program has two parts:

  • First, participating retailers and installers mark all purchased vehicle audio equipment with the buyer's driver's license number so that equipment can be easily traced and identified; and

  • Second, customers display a window sticker on their vehicles that tells would-be burglars that the vehicle's audio equipment is marked.

Why is the C.A.R. Program So Important?

Marked property is difficult for a burglar to dispose of or resell. it can be traced to its rightful owner with relative ease. If the burglar is caught with marked property, it is solid evidence of possession of stolen goods.

How to Participate in the C.A.R. Program

  • Simply inform a car audio retailer of your desire to participate. Trained technicians will engrave your driver's license number on the audio equipment before installation. (A typical marking will look like this: TX12345678.)

  • The driver's license number will be engraved on a surface that cannot be easily removed and will not be visible after installation.

  • Once your audio equipment is marked, make a list of the items and keep a copy in a safe place. If you later become the victim of a vehicle burglary, you'll be able to quickly describe the item(s). Marked items are of great help to police, and improve your chances of recovery.

  • After installing the items and completing the descriptive list, display a C.A.R. sticker on both the driver and passenger windows of your vehicle. The stickers inform would-be burglars that your vehicle's audio equipment has been marked.


Participating Retailers
Audio Depot
4310 Matlock Rd #110
(817) 466-2441

Car Toys
1116 W Arbrook Blvd
(817) 466-2533

Best Buy
1730 Pleasant Pl
(817) 467-3155

For further information, call the Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit at 817-459-5725.

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