CONCORD -- Beginning next week, Concord police will be handing out wheel locks to try and curb vehicle thefts common among specific makes and models in the city, the department announced Tuesday.

Nine hundred of the auto-theft deterrents -- most commonly known by one brand name, "The Club" -- will be provided free of charge starting June 18 on a first-come, first-serve basis in an effort dubbed "Operation Wheel-Lock," the department said in a news release.

Officers are hopeful the extra security measure will help reduce vehicle thefts of Concord-registered Hondas, Toyotas, Nissans and Acuras made between 1985 and 2005. According to an analysis of vehicle thefts in Concord in 2012, these specific makes and models were the most stolen vehicles, police say.

Because of the finite number of wheel locks available for distribution, police officers and staff must confirm the vehicle is operable and either registered in Concord or used to commute to Concord for employment.

Any car owner who meets the eligibility criteria should bring their vehicle to the Concord Police Department at 1350 Galindo St. in Concord and bring with them evidence of the vehicle registration address in Concord, such as DMV registration documents, and/or evidence of employment in Concord, such as a paycheck stub or business card,

The locks will be given out at the Community Service Desk, located on the 1st floor of the Concord Police Department. To find out about the ongoing availability of the lock or the Service Desk hours of operation, call 925-671-3220 or go on the web to www.cityofconcord.org/police.

Questions about the program can be directed to the Concord Police Department Investigations Division at 925-671-3030.

Contact Katie Nelson at knelson@bayareanewsgroup.com.