In the summer of 1998, the California Highway Patrol, San Joaquin Sheriff's Department, local Chiefs of Police and the District Attorney met to address the increase of auto theft in San Joaquin County. They formed a county-wide task force to investigate auto theft and called it Delta R.A.T.T. (Delta Regional Auto Theft Team). The team currently consists of members from the CHP, Stockton PD, Sheriff's Department, Lodi PD, Manteca PD, San Joaquin County Probation Department, and the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.
If you see suspicious activity, contact your local police department or Delta R.A.T.T. at (209) 948-3790.
Suspicious activities can include:
- Vehicles driving at night without lights
- Vehicles driving back and forth in a neighborhood several times
- Persons consistently driving different vehicles
- Suspicious persons looking into parked vehicles
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CONFRONT THE SUBJECTS! Auto thieves may be armed and often travel in groups.
Chop shops are often small backyard operations. If you see numerous vehicles traveling into yards or garages of residences, notify your local police agency or Delta R.A.T.T. at (209) 948-3790.