Combat Auto Theft

The Combat Auto Theft (CAT) program helps to deter cars and trucks from being stolen in our community. 

The program allows police officers to stop enrolled vehicles if they are on the road between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. when more auto thefts are likely to occur. CAT is a voluntary program offered by Willamette Valley law enforcement agencies. ​​​

​​Registering your vehicle

Complete the CAT Enrollment Form​ and submit it by mail or in person to​ the Salem Police Department to:

Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit
​555 Liberty ST SE #130
Salem, OR 97301​​


You can enroll one or all of your vehicles in the CAT program for a fee of $2.00 per vehicle.​ You must complete a separate enrollment form for each vehicle.

Your information will be entered into a law enforcement database as a participant. You will receive a decal which you must affix to the rear window of your vehicle. The decal signals to any participating law enforcement agency in Marion and Polk counties that you have authorized them to stop your vehicle between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to determine if you or an authorized designee is driving.

If you are a current CAT participant and are planning on selling your vehicle, please complete the program withdrawal form and remove the decal from your vehicle.​

By enrolling, you are indicating that the vehicle is owned by someone unlikely to be on driving during those hours, and therefore, the vehicle may have been stolen.​​​​

What to expect

If you drive your vehicle between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. it is very likely that you will be stopped by a law enforcement officer.

If you are stopped

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Turn off you vehicle and turn on your interior light so the officer can see you.
  3. Present all information requested by the officer.

You are required to carry the following items anytime you operate a motor vehicle:​

  • Driver’s license
  • ​Current registration
  • Proof of insurance

If you sell your car

Your CAT registration is valid as long as you own ​​the enrolled car or truck. If you sell your vehicle, please complete the program withdrawal form and remove the decal from the window before you release it to the new owner.​

Contact us

Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit
555 Liberty ST SE RM 130
Salem, OR 97301
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CAT Withdrawl Formcombat-auto-theft-withdrawl-form.pdf
CAT Enrollment Formcombat-auto-theft-enrollment-form.pdf
CAT Programcombat-auto-theft-brochure.pdf