Charlotte Police Test 'Stop Thief' Signs

Charlotte police are hoping a yellow sign hanging from a car's rear view mirror might deter thieves. The police say a test of the theft deterrent in downtown may be working.

Police say most thieves are window-shopping in vehicles when they break in.

So police are telling motorists to be sure to remove valuables from money to purses and computers. And they have distributed bright yellow mirror hangers that say "Stop Thief."

After a month in one test site at a fitness center, break-ins dropped from 15 a month to one. Police say the sign may work because it reminds drivers to remove items that might be stolen.

Car break-ins are a problem in Charlotte, where there were nearly five thousand in the first four months this year, an 18-point-seven percent increase.