Police Leave Warnings Inside Unlocked Cars On North Shore

BEVERLY (CBS) – Thieves are finding easy targets on the North Shore: Cars that aren’t locked with valuable items inside.

If your car door was unlocked, or an officer spotted your GPS, wallet, or something important in plain view, you might have found a warning on your windshield in Beverly this weekend.

Police were willing to stir-up a little proactive controversy to warn folks they were easy targets for some very busy thieves. Any car doors they found unlocked they opened up and locked themselves for the owner. They admit they did get some angry calls from drivers — who left their keys inside their unlocked cars.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

The hunting ground includes neighborhoods and parking lots from Beverly to Gloucester to Rockport.

“A few were upset by the fact that we went into their vehicles, and we understand it,” said Beverly Police Chief Mark Ray.

“It’s a little creepy, but I think that it has best intentions,” said one resident.

Beverly police wrote roughly a hundred warnings, alerting car owners to their shortcomings, and giving them some tips to keep thieves from ransacking their rides. Residents even got reverse 911 calls.

Gloucester detectives made some progress late Tuesday afternoon when they questioned several people at a house, after a tip led them to stolen items inside, including i-Pods and prescription medications swiped from cars just yesterday.

Police back in Beverly locked all the car doors they found open during their weekend campaign, hoping to change some very stubborn habits.

Roughly one of every five parked cars police checked on over the weekend had either an unlocked door or open window.

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  • Dave

    So the police marked which cars were easy pickings?
    Hope they didn’t lock anybody’s keys in their cars.

    • iamgod

      read the article next time that might help

    • david bradley

      Some jurisdictions: they leave a $$ TICKET on the dash board then lock the car, so the returning motorist realizes his car cold have otherwise been stolen.

    • Dave Shaffer

      “Any car doors they found unlocked they opened up and locked themselves for the owner. They admit they did get some angry calls from drivers — who left their keys inside their unlocked cars.”

      The King’s English is not *that* difficult a language to comprehend.

      • Dave

        Lewis — The real question is, how did you survive yours? Read the Constitution some, will you?

      • Lewis Sanborn

        “susannah” (October 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm), how did you survive your litter?

      • Wonderful

        What happens if the car locks are broken ( key wont open it if its locked) and the cop locks it?

        You just cause a citizen the expense of having their broke lock opened by a locksmith! Really, the government needs to stay out of people’s private business.

      • John Lindsay

        LOL. I’d be grateful.

      • susannah kleindinst

        I believe what the police did was unlawful entry into private property, also called burglary. Upset owners ought to file burglary charges against the police. At minimum, the police violated the 4th Amendment for violating private property without a warrant or probable cause that a crime was in progress.


      • Randy

        It was obviously another comment from someone who scanned the headlines without reading the story.

      • grizz

        lol, Then try to comprehend it. Should not you have said, ” difficult OF a language to comprehend ?

    • vlizzle

      Read the FULL article you idiot!

    • Rob

      Obviously Dave didn’t read the article. First paragraph says they angered some who left keys in their car.

    • Mike Notsaying

      so let me get this straight , in some cases the police opened the cars to put the flyers inside, so in short the violated the law to stop people from violating the law? me personally i think the cops these days are more dangerous than the crooks

      • Melissa J.

        If they really wanted to do their job, instead of frighteneing and intimidating the innocent, why not stake out the area that they know thefts are occuring in and actually CATCH THE CRIMINALS! When my locked car was broken in to all i got was a nasty comment about how they had “real crime” to fight, didn’t even take a statement, gave me a card and said call the office and rushed off to the next donut shop.

      • G

        All you fools thinking the cops are commiting a crime, there is this little thing is American jurisprudence… Mens Rea. Intent. Burglary is a crime of opportunity and this little study shows 1 in 5 people prolvide that opportunity. These are the people who will insist police call out forensics and think someone will get DNA evidence, then call the detective all day and complain no one cares. A little controversial, but the home is more sacred than vehicles parked in a public place. The police chief should just reply, “You’re welcome.” There are victims everywhere. Dare to think a little.

      • mac

        Hey A$$H$$$ – No law was broken. There is no law that says if you leave your property unsecured and in a public place that you can forbid anyone from rummaging through it.
        I have a better idea. The police should record the ID (vin#, etc) of any unsecured property, then when the owner calls in to report a break-in or a theft of said property the police CHARGE the owner for the time spent on the case AND a percentage of the value of said returned items/property!!!! How’s that you moron!!!!

      • Libertas Maximus

        I am with you Mike. If I want to leave my car unlocked, I will leave my car unlocked and don’t expect anyone, including a police officer to mess with it. “It’s a little creepy, but I think that it has best intentions,” said one resident.” Best intentions or not, police have no right to open random automobiles.

      • Libertas Maximus

        Right on Mangino, now it’s the victims fault for the crime of the crook. Totally outrageous!

      • Mike

        I agree, what’s next, the cops breaking into your house to let you know your door is unlocked?

        Cops are not above the law, and the commander who authorized this should be punished

      • shawn

        Why would you have a problem with the police entering your property without your permission or knowledge… what do you care if they are violating your 4th Amendment Rights? You’d probably yell if they… oh say entered your unlocked house and left a note for you there too! Moron! Of course they would be within their rights if they found anything that could lead to prosecution while they were there doing their good deads. If you have a problem with that you need to move to Russia Man! (Sarcasim mode turned off)

      • jasperddbgghost

        That’s cool. Don’t call them when your car is stolen. Mucking Foron.

      • Sonny D

        “Don’t call them when your car is stolen”? Seriously? Cops are NOT here to save the day. What do you think? …that they’re gonna go actively search for a stolen car? All they’ll do is show up, make a few condescending remarks about how dumb it is to leave your car unlocked, take down a report, and then run off to actively ruin someone’s day. They’re job is to give tickets to generate revenue and put people in cages… not serve the public as the lie across their Crown Vics would imply.

        Don’t let the actions of a few irresponsible drivers justify relinquishing your 4th Amendment rights! …you mucking foron.

    • Jake

      I guess you couldn’t read the article before posting your comments. They locked the cars they found open and the people should be thankful for help in changing their foolish habits.

      • SmarterThanLibs

        Jake… so the cops get to break the laws they are supposed to be enforcing? If I were to open your unlocked car door and then lock it for you would you be cheesed? I am not a cop but in America, cops do not have ANY MORE authority than any other citizen. They CERTAINLY do not have the right to illegally enter a vehicle. Who turned you into a mindless sheep? Maybe you were born that way? In any case: STOP trying to turn my free country into a police state.

      • Freedom

        So, people are too stupid to make their own cost-benefit on locking a car or not?
        Police should be in the job of changing peoples personal habits now?
        What if your car lock is broke?
        If someone really wants to get in your car, do you think the locks will stop them?
        Why is me leaving my car unlocked permission for s police officer to go through my belongings?
        Who the heck set your moral compass Jake?
        Jake, you are one of the most brain-dead, stupid, ignorant, moronic posters I have ever come across.

    • WhoDatMan

      Those police officers broke the plane of the door. That is generally the definition of burglary. Firetruck them!

      • pappy

        Breaking the plane of the door does not constitue a burglary. Entering a residence, business ,tent, etc. to commit any felony is burglary(readers digest version of the penal code). However, as a cop in California, I can say that this bufoonery is totally unacceptable and should be addressed as an invasion of privacy. These guys had no permission or warrant to enter legally. Can’t force people to lock up their stuff if they don’t want to.

      • David Sutherland

        re: pappy, “as a cop in California, I can say that this bufoonery is totally unacceptable”

        Thank you!

        Appreciate some sound, likely common, sense being heard from law enforcement. Thanks for speaking up “pappy”.

      • susannah kleindisnt

        Pappy – unlawful entry into any property is at most burglary and at minimum trespass. I would file burglary charges and let the police negotiate it down to trespass, like they do to people they arrest in the course of the day. Additionally, I think their actions constitutes a civil rights violation and could be addressed in Federal court, where, apparently, minimal evidence is required to convict.

  • Just sayin'

    I was thinking the same thing Dave. My car can only be unlocked with the remote. So if I had a dead battery in my remote and had to leave the car open then I would be SOL. Tagging the cars is a good idea but stay out of them. In todays sue crazy society, a greedy lawyer (redundant) could prosecute for illegal entry.

    • kmrod

      “…My car can only be unlocked with the remote…”

      I highly doubt that. There’s a key…either you don’t carry it or you don’t know about it, but my guess is your car also has a traditional key somewhere.

      And about the article, I’d rather have a cop lock my door than have to deal with something being stolen from my car.

      • PATSNYC

        So what’s next. Police entering my house and inspecting my doors and locking them “for” me? How about inspecting my mailbox and insure it is “safe”. How about entering my home and inspecting it “for my own good”?

      • dog

        Worried about thieves? Lock your door.
        The police don’t have the authority to do open my car door with cause.

    • Brian

      Unless you lost the built in emergency key from the remote, that should not be possible. The drivers door on newer vehicles are still equipped with a traditional lock. From the BMW key fob to the Mercedes It’s in there. And since I am handed 20 + keys from various vehicle owners to repair their woes, I educate those who don’t read the manual as they and you don’t want learn something about you vehicle.

    • Gerald Leach

      Tagging the cars would highlight them for actual thieves! What they ought to do is mind their own damned business and enforce actual laws.

      • Gabi

        and when these people get robbed because of their stupidity, what resources do they use? oh, that’s right, the POLICE!! So this IS their business.

      • DudeZXT

        Don’t listen to Gabi. How many cars are stolen because they’re unlocked? Probably not that high a percentage… Also, who pays for the locksmith when the cop (who should have been minding his own business – which is enforcing the existing laws – hey, aren’t there enough illegal aliens they could be chasing down?) locked someone’s car door with the keys inside? Some areas you would have to call a locksmith and other areas the police would have a slim-jim set and open the door for you – talk about tying up police resources!

      • jasperddbgghost

        Hey, it’s not a desperate society nowadays. If you leave your car unlocked and the Police ignore it, you can just go out and buy another car after it’s stolen and chopped up right? Crazy people looking out for you.

        Let’s address your real issue. Police busted you more than once for drugs or domestic disturbance and now you hate all Police.

  • Paul

    So this is really just the police once again entering private property without search warrants.

    • kmrod

      hahaha, you crazy people are fun to watch!

      • Paul is a doofus

        Warrants are really only required because evidence obtained without one is excluded from the prosecution’s case. Plus, the police aren’t searching. They are just opening the door and locking it. What they should do is make it against the law to leave your car unlocked. Then they could just give all of these people citations for breaking the law, doofuses like Paul included.

      • Mark D.

        What, exactly, is crazy about what Paul commented?

    • DudeZXT

      Yeah, I wonder what would have happened if they smelled pot when they entered someone’s vehicle…

      • Melissa J.

        If they found pot they’d be smokin’ it themselves and looking for your unlocked car next time. Or maybe they have found contraband in some vehicles and you are now being watched by these “kindly” public servants. Question: if we see their car doors unlocked can we go in them and lock them…HHHHMMM???They leave theirs open all the time and AFTER ALL we would only be looking out for our own property, considering we the taxpayers bought them in the first place. Just sayin’ BTW never been arrested, don’t use drugs…DO know many cops, related to several, know that they are not all innocent!

      • Sean's best friend

        Sean, go smoke your “medical marajuana” and shut up. And your use of the word prude is incorrect. Please get a dictionary.

      • Sean

        I was just thinking that. What if they had smelled pot upon opening the door? Surely they couldn’t do anything about it. Such a case would surely be thrown out of court. Then again, our nation acts like a bunch of prudes when it comes to personal freedom, consciousness alteration, and the like, so who knows…

    • Dave Shaffer

      Boy, you know *nothing* about criminal procedure, do you? Stupid juice. I swear to god the world has been sprayed with stupid juice.

      • Mike

        I suggest the Constitution of the United States, Amendment 4. Start your criminal procedure studies there. Its a full paragraph, so when you’re finished with it we can move on to more complex issues-like why on Earth are tax dollars being spent sending police around to do something this silly. If there is time for this nonsense, there are simply far too many cops.

        We will cover the stupid juice next week once you finish your reading

      • Topsy Krets

        UMMMM how about regular patrols? maybe you’d rather the police stay at the station and wait for bad things to happen instead of patrolling the streets for criminals. Personally I am not a fan of the police but when they do some good give them some credit.

      • John Campbell

        I guess you won’t mind then having the cops check all of your doors on your home at random and if they find one unlocked they can run about checking your home and then lock all your doors for you while leaving a nice note. As for me, I don’t care if you’re the President of the United States. Don’t touch. This has nothing to do with being a “fan of the police”. It has to do with rights and upbringing. We pay hard earned tax dollars for better service than this.

      • Steven

        Actually yes I’d rather they stay at the police station, working on solving real crimesinstead of trespassing

      • Joseph P

        That’s just silly, Mike. I suggest you actually think of the consequences of your own ideals. What you are advocating is for a reactionary police department. I completely agree that you don’t want police officers randomly searching vehicles or infringing on the individual freedoms of private citizens, but if a police officer sees a car on the side of the road (public domain), and they can PREVENT a crime from occuring by placing a warning on the vehicle and locking their doors, that IS CONSIDERABLY CHEAPER than having to pay several case officers to investigate dozens of auto thefts.

        As a tax payer, I am MUCH happier to have officers doing what they can to prevent my property from being stolen from me, even if it means I get a little red-faced by being publicly called out for my oversight. The alternative is to let people continue to leave “soft targets” out there for criminals and pay even more tax money for investigations and recovery.

      • 5thcommjarhead

        My thoughts exactly. People opposed to this proactive approach are just as stupid as the people who leave their cars unlocked.

      • jLenta

        what is criminal about leaving your door unlocked?

      • Mangino

        It used to be the theif’s fault when something got stolen. Now it’s your fault for leaving it unlocked or being in the wrong neighborhood.

      • John Campbell

        That’s what happens when socialists run amuck. They want to share all of your wealth.

      • truther

        not criminal just stupid, its not 1943…

      • Shave Datter

        Really? What happens when they open the door and see a bag of cocaine inside the vehicle which was not visible from the outside?
        The owner gets off for free, that’s what happens.

      • Danielle Dix

        sorry in my car youd find no such thing. nor in my house. Your an ass for saying such things. Im not dumb to leave either unlocked. but in case I did then id rather them lock it for me if they see it.

    • jasperddbgghost

      They might find your pot, crack and child porn.

      C’mon Paul, you’ve been busted before and hate Police.

      • Mark D. Paranoid

        Mark, please take your meds before commenting. Your delusions and irrational behavior are on clear display here. It is true that the only people who get freaked out about the police doing something like locking car doors is a person with something to hide or a person with a grudge against the cops because they have been in trouble with the law before.

      • Liberty Watchdog

        It is a search indeed. The “search” is for an unlocked door. As a matter of fact, in other states, tickets have been issued. If it is a law that you must have your door locked, then the officer must be able to see from the outside of the vehicle, that it is unlocked. Entering your vehicle without a probable cause (random door checks)is not a legal 4th Amendment search; it is simple criminal trespass.

      • Mark D.

        You do realize the fact that in your posts you are the person that is actually sounding like a fool, right? Drawing conclusions about a person’s background from comments is an amazing, and dare I say, phenomenal power! Can you please provide me with the winning Powerball numbers upcoming for tonight’s drawing? My family could use the $86,000,000. Thanks so much. †

      • Liberty watch doofus

        Hey L.W. dog,

        The bill of rights protects against unreasonable searches and seizure. It does not protect against having your car door opened and locked. The police are not searching the cars for evidence for prosecution. You people are idiots. And yes, if you have nothing to hide, you shouldn’t get your panties in a wad because of irrelevant stuff like opening a car door and locking it.

      • Liberty Watchdog

        Ah, the old “If you have nothing to hide, you don’t need a Bill of Rights” argument.

  • Charles Aronowitz

    It could be worse. I got a ticket in Montreal for leaving my car unlocked in the parking lot of a shopping mall.

    • Larz Blackman

      “It could be worse” is just an excuse to ignore what’s wrong now.

      • Larz Whiteman

        What is wrong Larz? Are you another idiot that leaves their car doors unlocked with half burned doobies in the ashtray? Are you the guy who walked by and patted the police dog while you had a big bag of weed in your pocket? Smooth move…

  • ted bundy

    castle doctrine?

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    Get out of my car, get out of my life and go arrest the privately owned criminal Federal Reserve that prints money out of nothing, counterfeiting, and then lends it back to the American people at interest.


    • Jenifer Breault-Almond

      AMEN! I’ll drink to THAT!

      • Is that a real name?

        It would be more useful if you’d tell us what you WON’T drink to.

    • kmrod

      protip: posting a 9/11 conspiracy site along with your comment probably isn’t going to be good for your credibility.

      • xoxo

        Actually, I think it makes Fanny more credible.

      • 911 nutjobs go home

        911 conspiracy people should be ignored. They are the people who couldn’t figure out the quadratic equation in 9th grade so they had to go to the check book balancing math class instead.

      • Libertas Maximus

        “911 nutjobs” have the right to speak as much as your stupid ass does. The sheeple who accept all the government tells them is true, need not lock their car doors cause the “authorities will do everything for them. If you are unwilling to look at the evidence of 911 then you deserve the tyranny which shall and has been thrust upon you. Most of the intellectual evidence about 911 didn’t start coming out until 2006. I say the sheeple nutjobs should go home!

      • xoxo

        Seems like you are lying. I couldn’t find any. What are these lies you speak of?

      • kmrod

        “Actually, I think it makes Fanny more credible.”

        I checked the site and saw at least half a dozen outright lies about wtc blg7. Getting things wrong helps crediblity??

      • responding to nutjobs

        Libertas Minimus Nutjobus,

        I never said the 911 truther nutjobs didn’t have a right to speak. I said we should ignore them. Your irrational response shows that you are one of those who is not smart enough to solve the quadratic equation, and that is why you fall for silly conspiracy theories that have been proven false time and time again. If you truther nutjobs would just read a credible book, you would realize their ideas incorrect and then join the rest of us in reality.

        But I know you won’t, so carry on with your irrational paranoia and completely off topic responses. Do me a favor and look up strawman in the dictionary. Hopefully you know how to find a word in the dictionary.

    • jasperddbgghost

      Jessie Ventura likes it when you tickle the back of his skullet with your tonsils.

    • Spam-A-Nator

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      • xoxo

        Idiot alert

  • John Lindsay

    Those dang cops, daring to lock my car. I was trying to teach my nephew how to scope out good targets. Now I have to walk home.

    • Freedom

      Yeah, great use of police resources.

      I know I want to pay some armed guy $40k + a year plus benifits and pension to go around locking car doors.


      I don’t know if you know this or not, but tempered glass and car door locks are not equivalent to bank vaults.

      The only time I ever had anything stolen out of a car, the thief broke the window to get it, and the car was unlocked. I then had to replace the window as well because he was clearly a very stupid thief.

      You are stupid.

  • Steve Roberts

    Maybe if they weren’t so busy enforcing nanny state regulations like seat belt laws, pulling people over for a burned out tail lights, and giving warnings for leaving your door unlocked they would have time to go after the criminal breaking into the cars.

    • jerrykregle

      pulling you over for a burn out light is a precursor just to check your background

      • jerry is hiding something

        And they catch many people wanted for serious crimes like murder, rape and robbery with those “precursor checks”. Keep up the good work law enforcement officials. Any violation of the law, no matter how minor, is grounds to talk to the person and investigate them … keep up the good work!!!!

    • Fred Wipple

      Ever run into the back of someone with no tail lights? I don’t think that they should enter anyone’s vehicle without permission but I do let people know myself when I see they have a tail light out because I ran into a car once that didn’t have any and suddenly was stopped! I ALMOST did it one other time but luckily I was able to stand on my brakes and screech within inches of their back end. I’m just glad I didn’t have a tail-gater myself.

  • tony

    More nanny state. An adult should able to decide to lock or not lock. Do we really need a lock-it or ticket law? Might be self sustaining revenue source to keep cops on the payroll. We need more cops to check car doors, and the tickets will help pay for the extra cops. yeah.

    • kmrod

      “…Do we really need a lock-it or ticket law?…”

      uhhh, nobody was ticketed.

      • george

        Nobody was ticked YET, you mean. Intrusions of this nature into people’s lives always occur incrementally. First they leave “helpful” warnings on your windshield. Later the politicians come along and make it unlawful to leave your car unlocked. By the time people start scratching their heads and wondering what happened, it’s too late. Just ask any cigarette smoker.

      • tony

        Nobody was ticketed yet. It was just a trial run to see how much push back they would get. Let us hope the state legislature does not get the idea that it needs to save us from ourselves with a law that does allow lock-it or ticket like they have in the Peoples Republic of Canada. It is already a Mass law that a vehicle must have a locking ignition. I am surprised that the cops did not ticket those cars where the drivers left their keys inside the car, The cops would have been able to ticket those drivers for not being in control of who drives their car.

    • Nate

      You, among others here, seem to be missing the point. Theft of goods is a problem. It affects property owners, insurance companies, and the police itself. If your car, or something inside it is stolen, there’s a good chance you’re going to call the cops. If you don’t, it’s likely your insurance company(who would very likely be responsible for reimbursing you for the loss, assuming they could not prove you knowingly left it unlocked) who would alert the police.

      Plus, the more cars that are unlocked, the more targets there are. The more targets there are, the more thieves are going to attempt to steal things, especially if they are successful. This isn’t just a “nanny state” issue. It’s an issue that involves a lot of different factors, something I’m sure would be easily understood if you stopped for one moment from trying to make this about the government and the “nanny state”. Use your head, because honestly, not using it just makes more of a case for the need of a “nanny state” to begin with.

      • Freedom

        Paying police to check car locks is a waste of valuable resources, and most defiantly and unasked for and unneeded intrusion into private lives.

        On top of that, locks don’t stop thieves. Not simplistic car locks and tempered glass.

        If you really believe it does, you are a complete and total moron.

      • cdub

        Or maybe people should try reading the Massachusetts state code before they accuse the Police of doing something illegal.


        “Section 16. Whoever, in the night time, breaks and enters a building, ship, vessel or vehicle, with intent to commit a felony, or who attempts to or does break, burn, blow up or otherwise injures or destroys a safe, vault or other depository of money, bonds or other valuables in any building, vehicle or place, with intent to commit a larceny or felony, whether he succeeds or fails in the perpetration of such larceny or felony, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years. ”

        “Section 16A. Whoever in the nighttime or daytime breaks and enters a building, ship, vessel or vehicle with intent to commit a misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.”

        “Section 17. Whoever, in the night time, enters without breaking, or breaks and enters in the day time, a building, ship, vessel, or vehicle, with intent to commit a felony, the owner or any other person lawfully therein being put in fear, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than ten years. Whoever commits any offense described in this section while armed with a firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or assault weapon shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than five years or in the house of correction for not more than two and one-half years. ”

        You will have a hard time convincing a judge/jury that the officer entered your vehicle with the INTENT to commit a misdemeanor or felony.

  • Paul in FL

    What’s next for these pigs – canvassing neighborhoods and locking unlocked houses?

    • Edward in NC

      Pigs??? Really??? First off, the 60’s called and they want their idiot back. Secondly the next time you or a loved one are robbed, raped, injured, or facing danger that you run away from and police officers run TOWARD, you might ask yourself if they are the “pigs” what does that make YOU for needing their help?

    • lukuj

      So trying to keep people from having their valuables stolen or their cars stolen makes them pigs? I would be very grateful that the police took the time to warn me. No tickets were issued. No one was cited for having controlled substances, so why is trying to help citizens something bad? often when there is a cluster of thefts, police are criticized for NOT warning people.

  • Bill

    Will they see if the door is unlocked at your flat next? And let themselves “in” to tell you?

  • Jared

    AAA must have had a busy day up there picking door locks.

  • DL38

    After getting my drivers side window smashed twice, and filing two police reports, an Atlanta police officer advised me to just leave nothing in my car and leave it unlocked at all times. He said the worst that might happen is a thief rifling through it, or a homeless person sleeping in it, but at least my windows won’t get smashed. I still lock my car with valuables (a GPS) out of view.

  • Jim D.

    So now the Beverly cops have shown what a great job they have been doing by people who are so comfortable with their neighborhood they leave keys and doors unloocked in their cars. With 20% feeling that way, all has been undone with this attention in the media and the cops not having anything to do but lock people’s cars and leave notices inside. Car robbers now will be crawling all over the North Shore thanks to the Beverly Police, a double whammy of job security for them.

  • La Siciliano

    Who knows, maybe the owners want their vehicles stolen so that they can get the insurance money! This is America, people do cazy things.

  • Rex

    Welcome to the United Socialist Police States of Amerika. Quo vadis, Amerika? To Hell on a rocket sled, apparently.

    • Leave Rex

      Feel free to leave at anytime. I hear Europe and Canada offer great welfare benefits. You’d probably appreciate raising your standard of living by going there….

  • Denise

    I’m sure they should have better things to do then go randomly check parked cars. However, in todays world leaving your doors unlocked is just asking for trouble. I remember when we never locked anything – the windows stayed open all day etc etc… Sad to know you can’t leave your things and they’ll be safe. But today nobody wants to get involved either – Do you know your neighbor – would you know if they were moving or someone just had a moving van and taking all their stuff? Would you bother to question it? Insurance companies are raking in $$ hand over fist because of the “exceptions” where they don’t have to pay out. A friend of mine who’s house got broken into was told by the insurance company that they weren’t in the business to loose $$! Sad world we live in…

    • Freedom

      Locks don’t stop thieves. Period.

      Had my car robbed once and house twice, both times the thieves broke something to get in.

      If you are relying on locks to protect you from thieves, you are delusional.

      This is an unnecessary intrusion onto private property by the police. That is it.

  • Robert Mancini

    They are lucky. In Wash. DC If an officer finds a car unlocked with the key in it they will get a ticket. If the car is running to officer will drive it to the impound lot.

  • Annie

    This is so stupid these comments left here. This is a project that works. I have managed several rental properties in big cities and small suburbs and THIS WORKS! Several people get lax or lazy, or just get a sense of security from what they think is a good area. A simple reminder is a good thing, the warning was a literal warning, not a warning you might get a ticket. If you think it is a bad idea don’t complain when your GPS, IPone or anything of value gets stolen from your car

    • DudeZXT

      You must work for a locksmith company…

    • Mark D.

      I would retort that your comment is that of a child & an imbecile. †

      • @Up_in_Smoke

        Haha…Max …and I would retort that you are correct .////..sorry Annie… you are a do gooder…thats nice , you may fair better if you don’t call people “Stupid” in the opening salvo of your thought…..I mean…. it’s just stupid to do that….see.

      • @Up_in_Smoke

        I typed Max …but I meant Mark D

    • Bryan Abbott

      It’s my business if I leave my car door unlocked. It’s not your business and it’s not your son or daughters business. It’s not your ex-husband’s business and it’s not your nephew’s business. It’s not your dog’s business and it’s not your grandmothers business. It certainly is not some Cop’s business. If I choose to leave my car door unlocked it IS MY BUSINESS. How about if the cops decide that you need a proctology examination? You do-gooder types are so quick to make decisions for others. Mind Your Own Business Lady.

      • Freedom

        @Max, and don’t cash your welfare check.

        I don’t want my money to go to supporting idiots who think flimsy car locks and tempered glass will stop thieves.

        Just like those car alarms that whoop whoop whoop in the middle of the parking lot or in the middle of the night, I see police and G-men come running from the four corners of the world to stop that theft in progress every time, don’t you?

        You sir, are delusional, insulting, and just plain stupid.

      • Mark D.

        @ Max : Since when do we legislate a person’s intelligence? You may find it stupid for someone to leave their door unlocked, but why should that preclude the fact that Bryan should report stolen property to the police? Are you honestly using a line of logic that since Bryan doesn’t want anyone – including the police – to enter his motor vehicle (which is private property), that he then relinquishes and forfeits his rights as a citizen to some degree? Is that really an accurate depiction of your thinking? If so, then you ought to be thankful we don’t legislate intelligence because I fear you may be incarcerated at some point in your life.
        Unless the location where this occurred has a law against leaving a motor vehicle’s doors unlocked, Bryan is correct – Mind your own business. †

      • jasperddbgghost

        Please don’t dial 911 in the future. They obviously have nothing to offer you.

      • Max

        That’s perfect. And when something gets stolen. Don’t call the police. I don’t want MY tax dollars going to your idiocy of leaving doors unlocked.

      • jelun

        It becomes MY business if the police are busy processing your preventable theft while some jerk is holding a gun on me.

      • @Up_in_Smoke

        I heart you Brah….Perfect….LMAO….

  • Al Jay

    I don
    t lock my Jeep because it has windows you can unzip from the outside. Yet I got a warning from the Grapevine Texas police last Christmas season. The only way to yell if those doors are unlocked is to open them. It is my business what I do with my private property.

  • Bruce Frykman

    This crosses the line, if they can go into your unlocked mobile home as well, then why not your house.

  • GD

    Stupid people. Lock your doors. iDIOTS!!

    • Freedom

      Locks don’t stop thieves. IDIOT.

  • Noble

    The cops did this for one reason, in providing this “service” inside the vehicles they could then find other items, or smell things that where not in “plain site”. This would then give them probable cause to make an arrest. The police work for the government to prosecute law breakers and they will use what ever trick they can to find out the information they need to make an arrest.

    I know the argument, if you don’t break the law you don’t need to worry. Here is the problem, there are 11,000 criminal statutes in the US, do you know them all? If not, you can go to jail or pay a fine and you can help the cops do it.

    • jasperddbgghost

      Noble just admitted via “smell things” comment that (s)he smokes / inhales / injects something into his/her body that wasn’t necessarily legal to begin with.

      We get it. They busted you in the past and it’s their fault you were stupid enough to bring illegal items with you in your vehicle.

    • jelun

      Police don’t prosecute anyone, persecution occasionally from the bad ones…
      That would be illegal search.
      The police are doing this because the figure is something like 75% of the breakins in that area are into unlocked cars. That has been well publicized and yet people continue to be irresponsible.

  • waycist

    Perhaps we should place signs on Black People to remind the public that they are far more likely to engage in criminal behaviour than whites.

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