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Pa. township mulls law requiring cars to be locked

There are 33 comments on the Public Opinion story from Oct 12, 2010, titled Pa. township mulls law requiring cars to be locked. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Tuesday, Oct. 12 - A suburban Philadelphia township is considering whether to fine people who don't lock their car doors.

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huhh

Philadelphia, PA

#22 Oct 12, 2010
I can see it now...."When you are in this town, you will hop on your right foot. No walking allowed".
Sick and Tired

Greencastle, PA

#23 Oct 13, 2010
I Feel Your Pain wrote:
Um...what if your door is unlocked because you don't have a flipping KEY for it???
Well, I guess you better leave a note on the window so the cop doesn't lock it. But on the other hand - if someone is stupid enough not to lock their car doors in an area where thefts are rampant, I have no sympathy for them. What I do have sympathy for is a bunch of cops who have to waste their time on taking reports on stolen property out of unlocked cars. I would imagine they have more important things to do. These thefts must be very costly to this township for them to want to pass this law. I bet if you lived there you wouldn't want your taxes to go up because they had to hire more cops because of this big waste of time. If one of you came home to someone burglarizing your house or raping a child, I would think you would want the police to be available to get to you quickly and not be mired down talking to some fool who left their car unlocked.
pa citizen

Greencastle, PA

#24 Oct 13, 2010
Nobody wrote:
Let's make it really simple: Pass a law to fine people for being stupid!
WOW great idea - our country would be DEBT FREE in no time LOL
Observer

Carlisle, PA

#25 Oct 13, 2010
If I left my car unlocked with something valuable inside, I wouldn't report it to the police. I would be too embarrassed. Not only is it stupid to leave your car unlocked, but why would you leave something valuable inside the car? If they report it, then fine them for leaving the car unlocked. Make it a BIG fine. Problem solved.
mulling

Spring Grove, PA

#27 Oct 13, 2010
The root of the problem may be that police departments don't have the resources to investigate thefts from unlocked cars. The simplest solution may be to make it known that police will not investigate thefts from cars with no evidence of forced entry.

(But wait, in this "entitled" age, careless victims would be whining about police inaction.)

There is just no winning when there is a prevalent attitude that others should solve my problems for me.
TROOPER BARNEY

Boone, NC

#28 Oct 13, 2010
mulling wrote:
The root of the problem may be that police departments don't have the resources to investigate thefts from unlocked cars. The simplest solution may be to make it known that police will not investigate thefts from cars with no evidence of forced entry.
The Police do not investigate victimless crimes.
Police Reports for theft from vehicle are for insurance purposes only.
TROOPER BARNEY

Boone, NC

#29 Oct 13, 2010
The next law enacted will be a spot check to see if you locked all the doors and windows of you house.

First offense will be a fine for any and all unlocked doors and windows.

The second offense....well, better start packing and moving out of the juridiction.

This way we can report a crime free neighborhood.

God....I just love this job.

Don't it bring a little tear to your eye
Bla Bla Bla

Chambersburg, PA

#30 Oct 13, 2010
Ithink someone brought up the point that is it almost cheaper to leave your door unlocked. If you keep your car free of valuables and someone just opens the door and takes pocket change or cigerettes then your out what 20 bucks? But if they break in your window your then out the 20 bucks in cheap stuff in your car as well as a window. Maybe there is a point of leaving your car unlocked. If someone wants something in your care they are gonna get it either way.
huh

Chambersburg, PA

#31 Oct 13, 2010
so how does this work, they have officers going around pulling on your car doors to see if they are locked or what???? weird.

Since: Jan 10

Littleton, CO

#32 Oct 13, 2010
huh wrote:
so how does this work, they have officers going around pulling on your car doors to see if they are locked or what???? weird.
This is ridiculous. Has anyone ever heard of a "Slim Jim". I just hope that if a thief breaks into my vehicle, they remember to lock the doors upon existing so I don't get fined for having an unlocked vehicle.
JEB

Chambersburg, PA

#33 Oct 13, 2010
LAW MAN wrote:
The People elected these idiots, they deserve what they get.
Police Chief Thomas Nestel says that since 2008 three-quarters or more of each year's reported thefts in the township are from cars left unlocked.
Apparently the Chief needs to put down his coffee and donuts and start patrolling the Township as he is paid to do.
Hey Chief....show me the reports.
After the election, turn in your resignation.
They elected them and they can fire them, that's what November 2nd is all about!
Stop the madness

United States

#34 Oct 13, 2010
More Laws wrote:
More laws are needed:
Convertible tops must be in the up position- or you are getting a fine.
Windows must be up-or you are getting a fine.
Motorcycles must be covered up & chained down-or you are getting a fine.
Your house must be locked at all times-or you are getting a fine.
If someone steals from you- you are getting a fine, because you didn't prevent it.
If you do not buy Health Insurance- you are getting a fine.
Lets have the Government control all aspects of our lives!
And don't forget your stipend to the fire dept. or they'll let your house burn down.
Mark Yeager

Newville, PA

#35 Oct 13, 2010
Why not make it legal to bag your own thief? It should be legal to shoot anyone you find in your car without your permission. That would put a quick stop to it.
And don't give me that line about people will be shooting people and dragging them into their cars to make it legal.
Police can't be everywhere so we should be able to protect what is ours. Police don't prevent crimes, they investigate crimes.

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