If you recently got a notice on your car that threw shade at you for inviting theft, you're not alone. Such alerts are part of an initiative that the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has been conducting for a few years.\nOne MTL Blog reader was shocked when they found this notice on their car after shopping at the Galeries d'Anjou Monday evening. Thinking it was a ticket, our source was relieved to find out that this was only a warning against theft.\nWe spoke with our source and reached out to the SPVM to see what they had to say.\n"I went to Galeries d'Anjou and left a pair of sunglasses in the car, like not really in view," says our source. "They were where I put my coffee mugs."\nThey hadn't noticed SPVM cadets patrolling the scene, but even if they had, our source wouldn't have expected this.\n"I came back and saw the notice. Apparently, it's cadets writing notices to cars," they say "I just don't get why they would look in every single car."\nAnonymous\nWe reached out the SPVM's media relations team about this and here's what they had to say:\n"We've been leaving courtesy notices on cars for the past few years to warn people not to invite theft. In the Anjou neighbourhood, police cadets issue notices as part of an anti-theft initiative."\nWatch the MTL Blog video below for more information:\nREAD ALSO: Montreal Police Are Looking For Other Possible Victims Of The Man Who Verbally Assaulted Two Women & A Child\nWhile our source was lucky they didn't incur a fine, sometimes, police will issue tickets to people who, in their minds, invite auto theft.\nView this post on Instagram SPVM (Montréal Police Service) Corporate Bicycle Section officers clear the way for the Montréal Auxiliary Firefighters' (PAM) 75th Anniversary Parade on East Mont-Royal Avenue in the Plateau Mont-Royal district of Montréal, QC. · Des agents de la Section vélo corporative du SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal) dégagent la voie pour la parade du 75e anniversaire des Pompiers auxiliaires de Montréal (PAM) sur l'avenue Mont-Royal Est dans l'arrondissement du Plateau Mont-Royal à Montréal, QC. A post shared by MTL.911™ Emergency Photography (@mtl.911) on Jul 26, 2019 at 7:02pm PDT\nCar theft is, in fact, one of the most reported crimes in the city of Montreal. For the SPVM, it's better to get a ticket than to be the victim of theft.\nThis past March, a couple from Wakefield, Quebec found about these anti-theft tickets the hard way. According to CBC News, the couple found that they had been issued a ticket for leaving their car doors unlocked.\nView this post on Instagram Finally paid off all my parking tickets, good freaken riddance. Swear they had to cut a tree just for me. #wasteofmoney #montrealparkingsucks #montreal #parking #itsover #allcaughtup A post shared by Sean Proulx (@sean_void) on Sep 20, 2015 at 6:47pm PDT\nThey had no idea that they'd be issued a $108 ticket for leaving their doors unlocked, but according to Quebec's Highway Safety Code, "no person may leave unattended a road vehicle that is in his custody without previously removing the ignition key and locking the doors."\nThough the law is rarely enforced, it's important to know that you're in for an expensive ticket if you incite theft.\nHave you ever received an anti-theft warning on your car?\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in Montreal, send us a message, photo, or video @MTLBlog on Twitter and Instagram.