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A Town Wants To Prevent Stuff Getting Stolen Out Of Cars By…Fining People For Not Locking Up?

Posted in Pictures, Video, Commercials, Media by wolferadio11 on October 14, 2010

This seems like an INCREDIBLY backwards crime fighting plan, but what do I know?  I’m far too intelligent and rational to work for the government. Upper Moreland Township is a suburb of Philadelphia, and they’ve had trouble with people breaking in to cars.  So the city commissioners are debating a plan to fight that crime by . . . fining people who leave their cars unlocked. That’s right.  They’re not going after the people actually committing the crimes . . . they’re going after the people who might be victims. According to the local police chief, Thomas Nestel, since 2008, three out of four car break-ins have happened to cars that were unlocked. So under this new plan, if the police caught you leaving your car unlocked, you’d get a warning on first offense . . . and a $25 fine on second offense. At a town meeting, the residents were split about whether this was a good idea . . . although most of them were, naturally, leaning against it. Seems like a pretty slippery slope to me.  One day, could we get fined for not wearing bulletproof vests to prevent murders?  Or for not closing the curtains because it might show we have a nice TV inside?

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