PAWTUCKET – The Police Department is offering steering wheel locking devices free of charge to city residents on a first-come basis. The anti-auto theft devices will be distributed at Pawtucket Police headquarters, 121 Roosevelt Ave., on Tuesday, Nov. 5 beginning at 9 a.m. Applicants should present proof of vehicle registration along proof of city residency at the police service window. Vehicles should be model year 2004 or older.
Approximately 36 car-size and 24 truck/SUV-size locking devices, which immobilize the steering wheel and are secured by a lock and key, will be available.
“These steering wheel locks are proven way to prevent and discourage car theft, particularly for older vehicles,” Police Chief Paul King said.
King said older vehicles are frequently targeted by car thieves because they often lack the anti-theft features of newer vehicles, such as microchips embedded in ignition keys or remote keyless entry that relies on sophisticated technology to start the vehicle.