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Upper Moreland Police Propose Fines For Leaving Car Unlocked

UPPER MORELAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Tired of criminals victimizing residents who refuse to lock their car doors, Police Chief Tom Nestel is now proposing that Upper Moreland Township enact a law that would fine owners $25 if police find their vehicles unlocked in public areas.

Cars in driveways would be exempt. Nestel says first-time offenders would receive a warning before a fine on the second offense.

Nestel pointed out that more than 75 percent of cars victimized by thieves were left unlocked.

After repeated attempts to alert owners to the importance of locking their vehicles, the chief says he’s proposing the law in hopes of cutting car-related crime.

Nestel says that the fines are not intended to raise revenue, but rather to raise awareness.

Several neighbors upon learning of the proposal were critical, saying that fines and tickets were not necessary.

Nestel says, in some ways, he doesn’t care if the proposal, which won’t be voted on until at least December, becomes law. Even if it’s defeated, he points out that the controversy will send his message loud and clear: lock your vehicle to prevent crime.

Reported By: Walt Hunter, CBS 3

  • Something Has To Change!

    The criminal Justus system is completely corrupt because people now profit from crime. That means if there is no crime, or a min of crime it must be created to keep the profit margins up. You think you re free because you live in America lol well you are a morion then. None of us are free. Freedom is an illusion created by those with power, to keep those with out power in check. We do what they say when they say or the lock us in a prison steal your money. They don’t care because they sell stock in prisons the fuller they are the more money the STEAL from the tax payer to keep them open the more they make. Something must be done.

  • JD

    Of course if you don’t pay the fine they’ll arrest you. So in order to prevent crime we have to lock up anybody who could be a victim of crime. Why not just enact a law that makes everyone a criminal all the time? This guy’s understanding of who he works for is so low he should be fired immediately.

  • Oh So Typical

    Typical Upper Moreland cop mindset, lay the blame on it’s tax paying residents who you’re supposed to be looking out for. How about just doing what you get paid to do rather than making the local citizens victims twice?

  • Thomas

    How about a convertible has the door lock but with the top and windows down?

  • caps

    WOW ! time for a new Police Chief I would say

  • Ted

    So if I leave my windows open and I lock my car do I get a ticket for leaving my windows down? When will it stop?

  • john

    Lock your car. Its simple. Stop crying about it

    • mIKE

      OK John, lets say we do, let s say we just go along with it. What do you think is next? Do you think it stops at car doors? John this is America and is supposed to be the freest country on Earth. Maybe it s not a big deal, but if they can do that, where will it end? Maybe they will get to something you don’t want to do. Will you just do it? Why? Because they say so or else? That is NOT the way the CONSTITUTION is written. That is NOT why the police force was invented. They are here to PROTECT and SERVE. NOT VICTIMIZE AND PILLAGE!

  • Nonsense

    It appears to me that the police force must have to much time on their hands that they are going around to check for unlocked car doors. Who is to say that the officer doesn’t remove something from the unlocked car – from experience all police officers are not innocent from crime. So I get a warning & find something missing from my car – where would one turn except to the officer that was opening my car door.
    Are we going to start making sure everyone’s doors to their homes are also locked?

  • lmomma

    Welcome, Nanny State!

  • Scott Durvin

    Go catch crooks chief. I don’t want to lock the doors in my truck because i would rather have the crooks open the door and find nothing worth stealing than break the window. How do these dopes get elected. Go build another fountain.

  • Scott

    I own a convertible and leave the doors open by choice! Nothing inside will cost more than the $900+ to replace the top. Will they pay if the top gets cut?

  • Alec Berg

    Another briliant liberal agenda. Why do you inner-city dopes keep voting for these people? The won’t give you one dime, it’s always take. How many rebates did you get from Bush, 2-3-4? Yet you still vote democrat……

    • Natcho Idiot

      This has nothing to do with liberal vrs conservative.
      Its just an idea that has not been thought through.
      Its dumb idea no matter were your politics are.
      This township has been full of bad ideas for years
      How about voting in a whole new group of citizens.

      • lmomma

        I disagree. It is a classic liberal nanny state thought process that more regulation and more governmental “watchful eye” is what will make us a safer, better nation. Remember, a government big enough to give us everything is big enough to take it all away. But, you are right, it is a dumb idea!

  • UMTstinks

    Just goes to show you the Upper Moreland Police have nothing better to do. And yes, unfortunately these people were voted into office…. more government control. I don’t live in this township, but I do live close by and I’m there often. How disgusting and embarrassing!

  • Mark

    What’s next? Fining rape victims? Upper Moreland actually voted these people into office? Residents of that township should be embarrassed.

  • J-Mul

    If the cops move forward with this waste of time, how would they go about it? Would they walk up and try to open the car door? If so, isn’t that burglary, which is a crime? I think I would be arrested if I walked around opening car doors. I would think this also violates something constitutional.

    • dayv

      the cops move forward with this waste of time, how would they go about it? Would they walk up and try to open the car door? If so, isn’t that burglary, which is a crime? I think I would be arrested if I walked around opening car doors. I would think this also violates something constitutional.”
      In order to be burglary there would have to be the action of opening the car door with the intent of committing theft. So no burglary, but yes, a dumb law.

  • Mom

    Go ahead, cops – check my car door. The alarm will go off. How will that look? Will you pay for my dead battery?

  • Will

    Worse, we have cops running around checking car doors. Brilliant.

  • Jim

    So rather than go to all the trouble of catching actual criminals, we’ll just fine the victims. That’s some top notch police work.

  • Brenda

    This is not a problem for me cause I am in a habit of always locking my doors, even in my own driveway. One never knows and it just invites temptation.

    • Mike

      That’s not the point. The point is that they will not stop here. They will try to control as much of your life as they can. Sooner or later they will find something you don’t have a habit of doing, and tell me how you feel then. The point is this is supposed to be the freest country on Earth, but lately it’s not feeling to free to me.”

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