Working with police officers who coordinate the program, Stolen Auto Recovery volunteers cruise the streets looking for stolen vehicles. Using a palm pilot or laptop, they enter licence plate numbers of vehicles in parking lots, on the street, or on the move. When a suspected stolen vehicle is spotted, they radio the police to report the location and the police take appropriate action.
Stolen auto data is downloaded to the palm pilot or laptop prior to each patrol. Volunteers always patrol in pairs and maintain contact with the community policing office. Between 1994 and 2005, Stolen Auto Recovery volunteers have recovered 8,817 stolen vehicles and 1,122 stolen plates in B.C.