By Ken MacLeod

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.

Ken MacLeod

Comments (271)
  1. Dave says:

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

    1. Dave Shaffer says:

      “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.

      1. John Lindsay says:

        LOL. I’d be grateful.

      2. Randy says:

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


      4. susannah kleindinst says:

        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.

      5. Wonderful says:

        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.

      6. Lewis Sanborn says:

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

      7. Dave says:

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

      8. grizz says:

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

    2. iamgod says:

      read the article next time that might help

    3. Mike Notsaying says:

      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

      1. jasperddbgghost says:

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

      2. shawn says:

        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)

      3. Mike says:

        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

      4. Sonny D says:

        “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.

      5. mac says:

        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!!!!

      6. Libertas Maximus says:

        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.

      7. Libertas Maximus says:

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

      8. G says:

        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.

      9. Melissa J. says:

        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.

    4. WhoDatMan says:

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

      1. pappy says:

        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.

      2. susannah kleindisnt says:

        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.

      3. David Sutherland says:

        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”.

    5. Jake says:

      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.

      1. Freedom says:

        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.

      2. SmarterThanLibs says:

        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.

    6. david bradley says:

      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.

    7. Rob says:

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

    8. vlizzle says:

      Read the FULL article you idiot!

  2. Just sayin' says:

    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.

    1. Gerald Leach says:

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

      1. Gabi says:

        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.

      2. DudeZXT says:

        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!

      3. jasperddbgghost says:

        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.

    2. Brian says:

      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.

    3. kmrod says:

      “…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.

      1. dog says:

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

      2. PATSNYC says:

        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”?

  3. Paul says:

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

    1. Dave Shaffer says:

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

      1. Shave Datter says:

        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.

      2. Danielle Dix says:

        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.

      3. jLenta says:

        what is criminal about leaving your door unlocked?

      4. truther says:

        not criminal just stupid, its not 1943…

      5. Mangino says:

        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.

      6. John Campbell says:

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

      7. Mike says:

        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

      8. Topsy Krets says:

        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.

      9. John Campbell says:

        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.

      10. Steven says:

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

      11. Joseph P says:

        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.

      12. 5thcommjarhead says:

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

    2. kmrod says:

      hahaha, you crazy people are fun to watch!

      1. Mark D. says:

        What, exactly, is crazy about what Paul commented?

      2. Paul is a doofus says:

        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.

    3. DudeZXT says:

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

      1. Sean says:

        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…

      2. Sean's best friend says:

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

      3. Melissa J. says:

        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!

    4. jasperddbgghost says:

      They might find your pot, crack and child porn.

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

      1. Mark D. says:

        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. †

      2. Mark D. Paranoid says:

        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.

      3. Liberty Watchdog says:

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

      4. Liberty watch doofus says:

        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.

      5. Liberty Watchdog says:

        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.

  4. Charles Aronowitz says:

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

    1. Larz Blackman says:

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

      1. Larz Whiteman says:

        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…

  5. ted bundy says:

    castle doctrine?

  6. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    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.

    1. Jenifer Breault-Almond says:

      AMEN! I’ll drink to THAT!

      1. Is that a real name? says:

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

    2. kmrod says:

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

      1. xoxo says:

        Actually, I think it makes Fanny more credible.

      2. kmrod says:

        “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??

      3. xoxo says:

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

      4. 911 nutjobs go home says:

        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.

      5. Libertas Maximus says:

        “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!

      6. responding to nutjobs says:

        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.

    3. jasperddbgghost says:

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

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      1. xoxo says:

        Idiot alert

  7. John Lindsay says:

    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.

    1. Freedom says:

      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.

  8. Steve Roberts says:

    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.

    1. Fred Wipple says:

      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.

    2. jerrykregle says:

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

      1. jerry is hiding something says:

        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!!!!

  9. tony says:

    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.

    1. kmrod says:

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

      uhhh, nobody was ticketed.

      1. tony says:

        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.

      2. george says:

        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.

    2. Nate says:

      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.

      1. cdub says:

        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.

      2. Freedom says:

        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.

  10. Paul in FL says:

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

    1. Edward in NC says:

      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?

    2. lukuj says:

      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.

  11. Bill says:

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

  12. Jared says:

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

  13. DL38 says:

    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.

  14. Jim D. says:

    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.

  15. La Siciliano says:

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

  16. Rex says:

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

    1. Leave Rex says:

      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….

  17. Denise says:

    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…

    1. Freedom says:

      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.

  18. Robert Mancini says:

    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.

  19. Annie says:

    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

    1. DudeZXT says:

      You must work for a locksmith company…

    2. Mark D. says:

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

      1. @Up_in_Smoke says:

        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.

      2. @Up_in_Smoke says:

        I typed Max …but I meant Mark D

    3. Bryan Abbott says:

      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.

      1. Max says:

        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.

      2. jasperddbgghost says:

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

      3. Mark D. says:

        @ 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. †

      4. Freedom says:

        @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.

      5. jelun says:

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

      6. @Up_in_Smoke says:

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

  20. Al Jay says:

    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.

  21. Bruce Frykman says:

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

  22. GD says:

    Stupid people. Lock your doors. iDIOTS!!

    1. Freedom says:

      Locks don’t stop thieves. IDIOT.

  23. Noble says:

    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.

    1. jasperddbgghost says:

      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.

    2. jelun says:

      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.

  24. waycist says:

    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.

  25. Tom Davidson says:

    “It’s a little creepy, but I think that it has best intentions,”
    “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” John Ray (1670)

  26. Bryan Abbott says:

    These “police” officers certainly weren’t invited to enter the vehicles so it begs the question, is it legal? Doesn’t it??????

  27. Mark D. says:

    I am so disturbed that some of you out there think that, in any fashion, this is OK for the police to do. Very disturbing. If you are naive enough to believe that the police’s behavior is acceptable and/or commendable, then I’ll politely ask that you leave this county immediately. Police, on duty or not, have no more right to enter private property than any other person. These “good intended” actions of authority, in any manner, are illegal. Yes, illegal. It doesn’t matter that they have a badge or uniform, it is against the law to enter private property without justification (e.g. execution of a warrant). I realize that many of you are literally cringing at the words I’ve typed out, but the truth is – it is illegal. Please, understand this simple fact – it is illegal. You know the saying about a pig in a dress? Is it still a pig? This action is illegal, and I would request that anyone who fell victim to this violation by the police to file a criminal complaint or contact a civil liberty attorney. Yes, more cringe-worthy words. They ought to be investigated and suffer the consequences subsequent to it. This is a nation of laws (not “nannies”),and to that end, every person must abide by them, no matter what job they hold. It’s an unconscionable decision by these police who swore an oath to uphold and defend The Constitution to actively perpetrate a violation of law. At the end of the day, it is still illegal. No, they don’t get a pass because it was in someone’s best interest. You can think & say whatever you feel about my comment. I am correct. I have no ill-will whatsoever against law enforcement officers, but this action, this conscience decision to enter a person’s private property (and no, it is not public property since it may have been parked on a public street) is illegal and should be treated as such. †

  28. Joe says:

    I am a cop and I never lock my car doors. It’s a car, not a vault. If a thief wants in he will break the windows no problem. I don’t leave anything worth stealing in my car. These guys are busybodies.

    1. Freedom says:

      Joe, I now have a mancrush on you because you speak sense in what seems to be a commentary area full of complete and total tools.

    2. Lewis Sanborn says:

      I’m a COP too “Joe”. Lock it anyway you clown. A stolen car without broken windows is more valuable to the punk -but you know that already don’t you, rookie?

      1. @Up_in_Smoke says:

        You are not a cop Lewis….but you are on Pa#Troll…You Asshat..

  29. Junior Boyker says:

    I used to live in Carol Stream, Illinois. I had a cop enter my garage at night and leave a note on my car parked inside that told me that I had better not leave my garage door open again. Now, what if I would have heard somebody in my garage that night and went out there and shot him?

    1. bryan Abbott says:

      You would have done us all a favor.

      1. Lewis Sanborn says:

        you an idiot?

    2. karlthomas says:

      In Illinois, i’m afraid you would have been prosecuted weather the “intruder” was a cop or a real thief…..

      Pretty sure that Illinois requires one to prove a genuine fear for their life in order to fire on someone…. theft of property is not justification.

      if you want to avoid prosecution in the scenario you mentioned, you should work toward forcing a castle doctrine law in Illinois…

      1. karlthomas says:

        and of course, *whether…not weather

  30. Jean says:

    People…PLEASE, WHY all the sarcastic comments?? Just lock your damn doors! What the heck is wrong with people who leave their car doors unlocked and valuables in plain view??? The Police are just trying to make you be more careful and aware!

    1. Bryan Abbott says:


      1. jasperddbgghost says:

        Bryan Abbot Says: “STAY AWAY FROM MY LEGALLY PROCURED DRUGS” (From Skeet Skeet the Dealer) (On the corner of Main) “Down with cops….Anarchy!”

    2. Mark D. says:

      @ Jean – Good for them. They have NO right to enter private property. There is no sarcasm in my comment. Perhaps you are confusing the word sarcasm with dissension. In either case, everyone is entitled to their opinion and you shouldn’t attempt to regulate people’s opinions. †

      1. Lewis Sanborn says:

        its a publicly accessible object -your unlocked car Mark.

    3. turnkit says:

      Have your car windows broken out a few times by some thief looking for loose change.

      You may change your mind about whether or not you want to leave your doors locked. Locking them in many cases is useless and actually will cost you more in damage.

      Jean, the issue is about basic philosophical freedoms. The cops here crossed the line in their attempts to encourage basic safety. They may have had good motives but their is a reason this behavior is unheard of by other cops.

      1. turnkit says:


  31. Scott A says:

    I think that the police did an excellent job. They should be commended for taking a proactive role in preventing crime rather than just sitting back and waiting for calls to come in to take a report.

    The owners of the cars that were found unlocked are making it easy for thieves to steal and even creating an attractive nuisance.

    1. Bryan Abbott says:

      What’s your badge number?

      1. jasperddbgghost says:

        I’ll give mine as soon as you give the number on your orange jumpsuit.

    2. Freedom says:

      Yup, I would like the cops to find everyone that thinks this is a great idea and proactively lock them up so that I don’t have to worry about your delusional state of mind. I would feel much better, that’s for sure.

      Lack of street lights, middle class or better area and not a lot of traffic in the streets is what draws thieves, not unlocked cars.

      It is not as if a car, once unlocked, changes colors or gives off an audible alarm only thieves hear.

      Locks don’t stop thieves.

      Thieves don’t care about what you consider easy.

      This is an unwarranted intrusion on private property and it is abhorrent to think of the state of mind you must be in as a complete and abject total slave to the state.

      1. Lewis Sanborn says:

        delusional nit.

  32. Tom says:

    I would love to lock one of their cop cars as it sat idling outside a donut shop.

  33. CHACH says:


  34. Chippy55 says:

    Only Liberals have their car stolen.

  35. John Doe says:

    I think that the next time I see an unlocked, unoccupied police car that is running, I will return the favor.

  36. Jennifer Granholm says:

    Nice for the cops to tag the cars so thieves can be more efficient.

    This is illegal entry by government.

  37. copsdumb says:

    Ok, if I went into someone’s car w/o their knowledge and the police caught me, what would they do if I told them, “I’m just locking this car for them and leaving a tag on it.”

    1. RON PAUL 2012 says:

      Perfect example. We will be in jail before a blink of an eye.

  38. annonymous says:

    Have any of you heard or read the fourth amendment against illegal search and seizure? Simply because your door is unlocked does not give the police the right to enter your car and possibly search it without your permission or a warrant.

    1. jasperddbgghost says:

      Considering the fact you posted with “annonymous” is more reason to believe you’ve got something to hide when you drive on taxpayer-funded highways.

      Hell, why follow speed limits. They should mind their business.

  39. John Muniz says:

    Seemingly good intentions or not, the act of entering private property without consent, or without the execution of a warrant is illegal. People can make their own decisions as to whether or not they want to leave their vehicles vulnerable to theft by leaving them unlocked. The police here have managed to trample on peoples civil liberties and somehow managed to get half of you people to think its a good thing. Wake Up America!

    1. Topsy Krets says:

      get off the high horse Thomas Payne! they did something good for once. if they broke into the cars to search that’s a different story. they were unlocked and by your logic it seems that leaving your car unlocked to provide a thief with easy access is a right?
      before you get all high and mighty on me I am a huge proponent of our civil rights. For once the cops helped stupid people be less vulnerable, but hey you’re entitled to your opinion ..

      1. RON PAUL 2012 says:

        They shouldn’t be opening our private property. We have a right to leave our car doors unlocked. I don’t need a cop wasting our tax money walking down streets opening my private things. This is a small first step soon they will be walking down the street doing random searches of our homes without a warrant. Our founding fathers are rolling in the graves from us allowing this to happen and How people on hear actually think this a good idea. Just wait i will be correct in the near future

      2. danny says:

        RON PAUL 2012 – but you’re content with police wasting our tax-money chasing after stolen items idiots left in unlocked cars?

        Which do you think costs more in terms of time and tax-money – two seconds locking a car door or hours investigating a thieves who were able to open a car door, steal the items without leaving any damage or physical evidence?

        Police DO need to stop locking cars doors. But they also need to stop investigating car thefts if the car was left unlocked.

      3. Freedom says:


        Straw man.
        Police do not chase after stolen property.
        They file a report and if they happen to stumble across it, you may get it returned.
        But they do not, and I repeat, they DO NOT, hunt for stolen items.
        They know insurance exists and they let insurance handle the issue.
        If you happen to have all the serial numbers off of everything stolen, they will run it against the local pawn shop databases, maybe.
        They only find stolen cars when the cars are abandoned and reported by citizens or when they run a random tag and it comes up stolen.

        If you don’t know how the police do their jobs, you can’t use them as your straw man argument.

      4. Mangino says:

        You might want to reevaluate yourself as “a huge proponent of civil rights”.

        Laws are laws, not suggestions that can be ignored if someone has good intentions. You should be able to leave your car unlocked without cops OR criminals entering it.

    2. danny says:

      Get off the “illegal entry.” The cops, right or wrong, were trying to do something nice. People make mistakes and we shouldn’t have to make a federal case out of good intentions.

      That being said, the cops need to stop trying to police stupidity. If someone leave valuables in an unlocked car and it gets stolen, too bad. The police should tell them they won’t waste time or taxpayer money hunting down their items. The vehicle owners should have, at minimum, locked the doors.

      1. george says:

        Yeah, everyone, get off the “illegal entry”! So darned picky. Who cares about the Fourth Amendment anyway? That crazy old Constitution, written by a bunch of old white guys. What did they know? I say, let the cops enter your car or your home whenever they want, and for any reason. Works in places like China!

      2. danny says:

        george – you’re just being idiotic now.

        There is a difference between police abusing their authority to illegally search property and just trying to help someone out.

        Plus, there is nothing here to indicate the police actually entered any vehicle. If they noticed a car had valuables in plain sight and was unlocked, and they opened the door, locked it, and closed the door.

        Do we really live in such a close-minded world that a person, who happens to be a police officer, can’t help someone out and save them the trouble of losing their valuable items? Do every tax-payer a favor – don’t call on police for help when you have your stuff stolen. You’re the type who will sue if a cop makes an innocent mistake, even when trying to help you.

        Our law-enforcement, who routinely put their lives on the line to save other lives, don’t need to be judge and second-guessed by people too stupid to leave valuables out in the open and then lock their car doors.

      3. Freedom says:

        Danny, I can tell you have a below average IQ and have a hard time grasping the difference between right and wrong, legal and illegal and acceptable and unacceptable risk.

        So, I want to help you out a little.

        1) No difference, if I don’t want your help, and you force it on me, that is wrong. Period. No splitting hairs.

        2) Anytime police enter your property, you are at risk for going to jail and losing said property, that is enough reason for them not to enter onto your property without a warrant.

        3) You cannot prove in any way a cop locking your car door is going to stop thieves. So that point is just you lacking a logical argument and making up “what coulda happened” to make your case. Considering people leave their cars unlocked all the time and don’t get their cars or belongings stolen, you have already failed to make your case.

        4) Most people don’t call the police unless they are stupid or someone talks them into it, or they need to file a report for insurance. Because you can’t prove that a person would not have their items stolen if the locks were engaged, and I can prove that thieves ignore locks, you point in completely invalid and your advice unwarranted and rude.

        5) Law enforcement officers put “their lives on the line” for a paycheck. Not for me, not for you, a paycheck. It’s a good one too, or there wouldn’t be any cops.
        Statistically a police officer is more likely to die from a car accident while on duty then any other violent fashion. Doesn’t sound any more dangerous then the average truck driver. Also the Supreme Court in many states and at the Federal level have stated police have no duty to protect you. So, even on a legal level, your argument has no merit.

        6) Whether or not you think peoples choices on the disposition of their personal property are stupid or not, it isn’t any of your darn business. Also, anyone that thinks flimsy car locks and tempered glass stops thieves is probably at the bottom 5% of intelligence.

        If you can come up with any reason at all, other then, “well I personally believe all cops are good and love us citizens and everyone but me is stupid”, lay it out.

  40. Max says:

    84% (!!!) due to unlocked doors. Lock your damn doors and my tax dollars (which pay the police resources) will be less likely to go towards your lazy butt because someone stole your GPS, cell phone, child, whatever…

    It’s a shame that the police have to do this because people are incompetent or lazy.

    1. Freedom says:

      Its a shame idiots think that flimsy cars locks and tempered glass stop thieves.

      Next, have them start searching everyone on the street and give them tips on how to wear their wallet and pure to discourage thieves?

      How about stopping all provocatively dressed women and telling them about rape awareness?

    2. @Up_in_Smoke says:

      You make Not even one shred of sense Max.
      1. Criminals…not people… are lazy and incompetent
      2.You are paying the Police to arrest criminals, the problem is the penalty is not high enough. You are focused on the wrong problem…the problem is crime., Exercising your right to leave you car unlocked whether, by choice or forgetting, is NOT a crime. You are attacking the wrong people. Attack the criminals……not the victims. IMO

  41. Topsy Krets says:

    The police do something civic minded and proactive for once and people get angry. how upset would they be if their cars got stolen and the police found them chopped up? For that matter how about the fact that your insurance won’t cover you if you left the keys in it. who does that these days?
    I live in the country and I left my car open one night to be awakened by the horn of my wife’s unlocked car. They got my Ipod from my car and ripped it right out

    1. danny says:

      Exactly – the same people here complaining about the cop invading “private property” would be howling with outrage if their property was stolen and the found out a cop could have prevented it by locking their door for them.

  42. Montford John Greenwood says:

    It isn’t the job of cops to be mom and dad. Let the cars get stolen and you dolts go find the criminal.

  43. danny says:

    I don’t see in the article where it is illegal to leave a car unlocked. But assuming it is in some jurisdictions, its probably because too many police resources getting tied up with people reporting stolen items from cars.

    I think the police should STAY OUT OF IT. If someone is stupid enough to leave valuables in an unlocked car, they deserve to have the items stolen. And if those idiots report it to the police, the police should tell them, “Sorry. If your car wasn’t locked, we can’t help you.”

    Lock your cars. I you don’t and someone steals your stuff, too bad.

  44. RON PAUL 2012 says:

    This is against the Constitution. What itf i happened to have a bag of weed in my glove box and an officer that illegally opened my door and smelt it? This is just a first step soon they will be walkng down the street doing random searches of cars. When as United States citizens are we gonna finally stand up and take outr bill of rights and Constitution back. People Who believe this is a good thing and a nice thing the cops did have no idea what the constitution says. We have a right to privacy and from unreasonable search. Cars are private property cops cannot open. Soon they will be walking into our homes without warrants to lock our doors, This is just the first small step to condition us all to forget the constitution and our rights, and make us thiink its alright for cops to search your private property. Also it is our right to leave are cars and homes unlocked. Police should not be locking my door if i choose to leave it open. What a waste of money..

  45. george says:

    I love the comments here that defend the police because it’s stupid to leave your car unlocked, the cops have a right to protect you from theft, or whatever. It all seems to boil down to the old argument that “if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about.” In other words, let the cops open my car door whenever they want! Heck, let them come into my house day or night! Sorry, I don’t buy it. People who turn a blind eye to illegal searches and seizures on that basis are inviting tyranny, pure and simple. Either the cops follow the rules or they don’t, and when they don’t follow the rules and then get away with it, there’s no stopping the abuses of power. That is precisely why the Founding Fathers gave us the Fourth Amendment.

    1. danny says:

      No, the cops shouldn’t be entering private property.

      But they same idiots complaining about the cops trying to do a good deed and protect their property would be howling mad if their property was stolen and they found out a cop could have prevented it by locking the door.

      So, the police have a choice: try to help someone out by locking the car door, or waste their time and tax-payer money later trying to recover the stolen items.

      BTW, the police didn’t get in and search the vehicles, they just locked the doors.

      All you anti-police idiots need to get off it. You wouldn’t have a problem calling the police to find your stolen items that you left in an unlocked car, yet you have the audacity to complain when the police try to protect your items? So, next time you want to leave valuables in your unlocked car, please put a note on the window telling the police to f- off. And don’t cry to them when someone does steal your stuff.

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  47. Rob says:

    Part of a police officers job is to protect unsecured property. The article clearly states that they locked the doors of vehicles whom had valuables visible. They are once again in the right (as these programs always go through legal first) and the internet lawyers are once again wrong due to their ignorance and assumptions. What exactly was searched and seized? Items in the public domain (viewable by Police while in a public area) are often (depending on local statutes) considered to be in the public, much the same as leaving it on the sidewalk.

    1. Mark D. says:

      Rob : I’ll boil this down to a simple yes or no question for you. If the police see me in a public park with a closed cooler (the type that are insulated and people often have food and drinks in – you know, like an Igloo or Coleman), do the police have the right to open the unlocked cooler without my consent? And no, there are absolutely no suspicious actions or behaviors occurring. Yes or no, Rob? I rest my case. †

      1. @Up_in_Smoke says:

        Correct and Done, Mark

  48. truther says:

    normally i would be irate but if you cant even be bothered to lock your cars do AND have the balls to leave valuables in PLAIN SIGHT… they should all be saying thanks.

  49. tsal says:

    Let’s see – if a thief has easy access and takes valuables, who will the people complaining call? And whose time will be wasted – at taxpayer expense – when the police have to fill out reports and investigate a theft that may have well been avoided? Of course that also keeps the police from helping people who have a brain and actually need help.

  50. Gilbert R Albright Jr says:

    After doing all this, I can see the future headline that will embarrass the cops into not doing this anymore!


  51. ann says:

    if this was my town and they tell people to lock there cars i would mine this at all
    also i think they should not keep valusbles in your car.
    when i come home from anything i make sure all of my stuff is out of the truck
    and make sure my windows are close /locked
    have nice day

  52. wch says:

    What’s the ‘old ‘saw’: ” The road to hell is paved with good intentions!'”

  53. Louie says:

    From todays Palm Beach Post here in Florida…
    Btw, I don’t understand how so many folks can leave their car doors unlocked with so much stuff left for someone to steal inside those cars….but they do.

    Two brothers burglarized 30 vehicles in one night, authorities say.

  54. danny says:

    What the police SHOULD HAVE done:

    They should have just noted which cars had valuables in plain sight and doors unlocked.

    Then when the car owner comes to report the stolen items, the police should tell them, “Sorry. You are on our TOO-STUPID-TO-LOCK-CAR-DOOR list. We can’t help you. Try your insurance company.”

    When the idiots complain that the police knew the car was unlocked and did nothing, they can point to this thread and say, “Nope, we don’t want to be accused of ‘illegal entry’ or violating the Constitution.”

  55. PrivacyIsParamount says:

    Locked or unlocked, a thief will get what he wants.
    If it is the radio, wallet whatever, a thin piece of glass is all that stands between the thief and the prize.

    Let’s be real. Locked doors only keep out the innocent (and Police).

    Leave my car alone! I don’t touch yours. And I pay your salary.

  56. Sean Allen says:


  57. Bonnie says:

    In New York State, if the car is unlocked, the insurance does not cover any items missing including the car. Lock it or lose it.

  58. Danielle Dix says:

    Scenerio *murderer goes into a house that is unlocked. there are three children and two adults asleep inside. Police drive by and notice door open and all lights out. Muderer standing over sleeping child about to ax the poor kid to death* now option one wanting police officer to come into home to make sure all is ok and catch the murderer. or option two police just to snub it off and on the new the next morning hearing about you and your kids were killed by some murderer. Personally I choose 1. Id rather be chacked on like in the good ole days when police were there to protect you. Not two when police were too busy looking out for their own butts and not wanting to get sued.

    1. Danielle Dix says:

      ack****typed too fast and didnt check spelling. sorry all. LOL

  59. Sean says:

    The theme of my son’s 4th grade class is responsibility. If they forget Homeworks, don’t remind them. The teachers want them to learn responsibility right now when the consequences are much milder. Same for these car owners. Why are the police trying to teach them responsibility? If their stuff get stolen, they will learn on their own.

    As for the comment that the police are being proactive rather than have to waste time and resources later…give me a break. Do cops really put any active time or effort investigating break-ins of cars that were unlocked in the first place? The cops in this case seem to have too much time to waste for their own good.

  60. shadowspawn says:

    Sure, not a problem. The police can go into your unlocked house too. And be sure you don’t have anything that they would consider bad.

    This is America, cops are allowed to go into your property without your consent. As they said, it’s for your own protection.

    You don’t like it, well, your family fought and died for this. At least mine did, in 3 wars, so enforcers of the law could do this type of thing.

    Oh wait.





    1. No islam in America! says:

      So you get fined because the commie fools who give out welfare, hud and lots of other tax payer monies to the criminal / low life elements can not control their animals that they create. Yeah thats real freedom there! Glad to see the false religious cult of islam will soon swallow all of MN! You get what you deserve. People from MN are dumb as rocks anyhow, electing idiots like frankenberrry. It is not the ” false gov” (the people are the gov, not the police or the politicians) business what the people do with their valuables or cars. When are you fools going wake up to all this political correctness that is destroying your freedom and the future freedoms for your future generations. The same future that American forefathers fought so hard to gives us. What a bunch of spoiled generations you are!

  62. Massimo Deportado says:

    Owning, driving and parking cars occurs in the public domain.

    Those who whine about cops being generous are ignorant of the laws.

    You have no right to complain while you operate a vehicle on public streets.

    Un-registered and operating only on private property would be the only exception barring any local ordinance.

  63. oracle2world says:

    The police rang my doorbell late at night and told me my garage door was open. I was grateful they were diligent. If the police want my garage door shut at night, that is the way it is. Stop b*.

  64. Ewe Jankass says:

    Yep….violating rights all over the place on this one. They do NOT have your permission, and therefore are subject to the same penalty as Joe Citizen if he did the same thing for illegal entry. I’d be up in arms if they locked my keys inside the car, and at this point, the blockhead commander who gave this order should be removed for incompetance.

  65. Tom says:

    Its not your car. Its not your body. Its not your country. Anymore.

    1. Steven says:

      Unfortunately you speak the truth

  66. JohnA says:

    If we just hung all car thieves everyone could leave their car opened.

  67. Marbran says:

    I had a truck stolen once. Left the keys in it, unlocked, in my secluded driveway. The cop pretty much called me stupid for doing that. I responded that calling me stupid for someone else’s actions is itself pretty stupid. Cars are stolen all the time, locked or unlocked, with or without keys.

    Another time, a cop knocked on my door (remember…secluded house) at 4:30 in the morning and asked why my front door was open along with my garage door. I asked him what he was doing creeping around on my property in the middle of the night. I told him I am perfectly allowed to keep both open all I want. He said that it was risky, and temptiing to potential thieves Again…why am I responsible for someone else choosing to commit a crime? They will do that regardless.

    Both times I appreciated their concern, but I did nothing wrong, so they need to drop the holier-than-thou attitude and go catch some criminals.

  68. Aboli says:

    My note to the cops.
    “I do not give you consent to search my vehicle. ”
    Gee so much for the Bill of Rights. Oh wait your doing this FOR me. Right.

    ” Now what about that contraband found in your car while helping you.”

  69. DFW Cop says:

    Lock your cars and take your valuables with you, you idiots.

  70. texasrules says:

    Hey if your going to stomp on the rights of the people why not do it on the hallow ground from which freedom was born. I renounced my mass holeness a long time ago and moved to Texas. Come open my door in my parked car in Texas Mr Commie Cop! Try it friend. Badge or no badge, i call you a threat and fix the problem myself. Fricking commie fools, and fricking commie sheeple just letting them do as they please. I am glad mass is over run with welfare ridden illegal aliens, working in fanual hall, working in all the restaurants, Irish wets, mexican wets, russian wets, vietnamness wets, chinese, brazilians, guatemalans, the whole bunch. You get what you pay for you fools. I 8te mass holes anyhow!

  71. Bum Bot Says says:

    In Atlanta the Police and the City Government require you to leave your car unlocked. If you lock the car doors the “Bums” break out your windows and steal everything you have in your car.

    Insurance claims for window replacements were $65 million last year. Since the new keep your car unlocked went into affect claims have dropped to only $45 Million per year.

    SEE how much money we are saving in the deep south. What smart public officials we have,……NOT

  72. chowhound says:

    Our granted protections:

    The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. It was adopted as a response to the abuse of the writ of assistance, which is a type of general search warrant, in the American Revolution. Search and arrest should be limited in scope according to specific information supplied to the issuing court, usually by a law enforcement officer, who has sworn by it.

    In Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 (1961), the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment applies to the states by way of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

    In Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967), the Supreme Court ruled that the amendment’s protections do not apply when the searched party lacks a “reasonable expectation of privacy”.

    The Supreme Court has also ruled that certain searches and seizures violated the Fourth Amendment even when a warrant was properly granted.

    I have a ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ when I leave my car; Don’t you?
    I guess the ‘it’s ok by me’ crowd doesn’t mind when ppl/citizens (which includes police officers) open up your car.

  73. Rob says:

    Nanny state is just getting worse

    1. @Up_in_Smoke says:

      right Rob

  74. Bonnie says:

    Stories like this make me smile. What a good intentioned world we live in. Without having any background information or knowledge of the reasoning behind unlocked car doors, these soldiers of decency and kindness take time to check in on my vehicle AND lock it for me. I’m totally willing to give up freedom of choice and unlocked-door-liberty if it means my car won’t get stolen. After all, if I leave it unlocked, I’m obviously stupid anyway and deserve to possibly get my keys locked in it or my purse with my insulin or inhaler or heart medication.

    With any hope and good intentioned luck, the cops will soon check house doors. Maybe, if they’re really, super nice officers of the law, they’ll even come in and make sure I shut off the iron, cleaned my dirty dishes, make love to my wife, if I’ve neglected her – under their definition of “neglected” of course. Thanks be to God almighty we have law enforcement enforcing laws that aren’t even laws.

    Thanks be to God almighty your naiveté is not contagious. This is one small step. Slowly your rights as a citizen and human are being depleted. Instead of outrage, some of you are thankful.

    Orwell. Read George Orwell. Please.

  75. Seeker says:

    This is what’s called a “test case.” Some power hungry nazi unaccountable to voters came up with the idea to see what law enforcement can do to guage the reaction.

    Next we will have deputized sensus workers opening our front doors just to tell us our door is unlocked.

    Welcome to the machine!

  76. John Campbell says:

    Since when do officers have the authority to go around looking for unlocked vehicles? Leaving your vehicle unlocked is no crime and there’s plenty of places in this country where looking your vehicle says you are from out of town because the values and morals of the people shows for not having such a crime rate. I remember people never rolling up windows nor locking doors on vehicles and that was even with a firearm inside the vehicle after returning from a hunting trip. Tell me, which kind of a world these people would rather live in.

  77. Jo Jo says:

    Geez people – burglary has an intent to steal. the police were not searching cars, they were securing them. As a reminder to people they should lock up their cars or deal with some very unpleasant consequences.

    I went to work once and could not remember if I closed my front door. I called the police and asked them to check it. They checked around my house and the doors were locked. I was grateful.

    If your car is parked on the street and not locked, they are not breaking any laws. get a clue people before you run your mouth

  78. keith says:

    Good for them….people hate that things they do are attempted to be changed, but I think had their car been stolen, they’d have been fussing that the cops didn’t do anything to prevent it….if you left your cars in your vehicle, you were stupid to begin with…the cops were doing their job, plain and simple

  79. Lewis Sanborn says:

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

  80. 5thcommjjarhead says:

    So I guess those who are opposed to this proactive approach would rather have their tax supported police department tied up taking reports about auto burglaries from stupid car owners who don’t have enough sense to take their keys and lock their cars than doing more productive police work.

    Maybe they should just start charging a fee for every burglary report in which there is no obvious evidence of a break in.

  81. 1martima says:

    If you were the only one inconvenienced by your laziness that would be one thing. When your valuables are stolen, police who could be out patrolling for our safety must write up the report that you indignantly submit, insurance pays for your stolen items and everyone’s premiums are affected by your carelessness. Stop playing victim and take personal responsibility for yourself.

  82. Peoples Republic of CA says:

    When seconds matter, the police are only minutes away…performing illegal courtesy searches of honest citizens’ vehicles. Can you say death by a thousand cuts to our freedoms?

  83. sickandtired says:

    To those who support this action, how do you call yourself free US citizens? What part of “no” do your leftist brains not get when reading the US Constitution? Without a warrant, the police need to leave private property the **** alone! Yes, every single one of those “officers” of the law need to be given a serious legal lesson that only a class-action lawsuit can provide. Immunity when acting under the color of authority only applies when the action is not patently illegal, which this was. If I don’t want/care to lock my vehicle or roll up my windows, who the unholy **** do these officers, you or anyone else think you are to involve yourselves? ******* fascists, the whole ******* lot of you! Have we really come so far that you all are so brain-damaged as think that you actually have the right to impose your will on other people’s private property? Mind your own business and understand that with freedom comes responsibility! [Note: self-censored for the “sensitive” among us….]

  84. Jake Lockley says:

    All they need to do is file charges against the police — that’s breaking and entering, plain and simple, not to mention the civil rights violations. Someone needs to make this a big pay day, it’s a guaranteed win.

  85. Robert Brom says:


  86. dartleyk says:

    used to be cardinal rule of policing was they had to have probable cause, say, for stopping your car; that’s gone, and now many people say why not pull a bunch of cars over even if they’re doing nothing wrong just to check for drunks; checking for drunks seems like a good thing, so many people don;t care about the infringement; this is the same thing; police have no right to open a car legally just sitting there; if they have nothing else to do, like with criminals breaking laws, obviously too many police on the payroll

  87. FJAWFNLTL says:

    It would seem that the cops had no choice but to lock the car doors on all the cars they tagged or else the thieves would only have to look for the green pamphlets tucked under the windshield wipers to know which cars to hit. Having said that, cops shouldn’t be trespassing on other peoples property with the excuse that they are only trying to prevent a crime from taking place… Too “minority report” for my personal liking. :-(

  88. smokeybandit says:

    The ones who complained the most are probably the ones who would complain the cops didn’t do enough to stop their car from being broken into.

  89. Chuck says:

    If the car is several years old – you don’t lock it because you don’t want anyone to break into it. Just don’t leave valuables in a conveyance….

  90. RON PAUL 2012 says:

    This is to continue to domesticate the useless bottom feeders of society according to the elite we are useless taxcattle to remain coralled and or herded with continued warrantless searches and evesdropping,spying, groping, naked bodyscanning all in the name of the war on drugs and terror while our borders remain wide open and we get robbed of our freedoms and liberties and rights to privacy. Welcome to the new age America where your taxed to death and are told you are free and have rights LOL do you like how its all unfolding?

  91. @Up_in_Smoke says:

    UnLawful!!! for any reason…this is called Breaking and Entering in Tennessee ..Who do these people think they are…more Big Government telling US how to run our lives…we have the freedom to choose whether we want to lock our cars or not…DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER and the Nanny STATISTS!!!

    1. jelun says:

      Since when are the local police BIG GOV’T?
      They are our neighbors and fellow community members putting their lives on the line for us every day. Personally, I thank them all.

  92. jelun says:

    Better for the police to ignore it and waste all their time investigating auto break ins that could have been prevented.
    Of course these people who have lied to the auto insurers saying that they use security sytems on their autos and then lie on their police reports claiming to have had multiple laptops, jewelry, and cash in their unlocked cars should also be investigated for fraud.
    The true solution is for auto insurance companies to deny claims on unlocked cars and then cancel the owners’ insurance for fraud.

  93. Adam says:

    This is preventative maintenance. there is no 4th amendment violation here. Stop thinking as the police who are bad people who are out to get you. Unless you are a bad person, then they probably really are out to get you. If they can reduce the number of morons who are victimizing themselves, they can do the work on solving real crimes. This is the police getting back to serving and protecting.

  94. Rick says:

    It’s clear from the comments here that the police SHOULD have identified unlocked cars by sight only (don’t try the door), placed the notice on the windshield under the wiper, then hurried off to do REAL police work.

    Yes, that will flag the easy targets for the crooks, and no, there won’t be any police around to see the crooks at work, but it will (over time) result in fewer cars left unlocked.

  95. Nik says:

    Reading some of these comments reminds me why people think many Americans are dumb – charge the Police for doing you a favour. My God, how backwards a society is this, that you rather use resources and the SAME POLICE to report that someone broke into your car, than have the officer lock your car and leave a warning. Because of ‘rights’? You know what, you have the right to come back and find your parking space empty, how about that. My mind is well and truly boggled!

    1. Melissa J. says:

      You said it, your mind is “well and truly boggled” if you can not see why people are rightfully disturbed by the intrusive actions of the police! Yes, taken in just this one context, the “kindly actions of a few loving and caring police officers”, seem to be innocent enough. Combined with the increased militarization of police departments across this land, agressive, violent actions against peaceful citizens, wiretapping, warrantless searches, employing of military weapons against U.S.citizens, such as the drone spying by Miami police, sound cannons and Blackhawk helicopters being shared between NY and PA police to threaten peaceful protestors at the G20 meetings in Pittsburgh, etc., etc., there is a pattern emerging that should alarm an alert intelligent citizen! Combine that with the growing number of rogue cops being charged with, violent crimes, as murderers, racketteering, theft, abuse of power, it is frightening. What is the recourse that any of us has for the crimes committed against us by police? Do you know? Do they work? Do they bring your loved one back when a drug bust at the wrong house goes wrong and your family member is injured or killed? Take the blinders off and look at the big picture. You can defend yourself against a criminal, how do you defend yourself against a corrupt cop?

      1. OCCUPY! says:

        Thanks, Melissa, for explaining the truth to the “well and truly boggled.” Well done!

  96. Melissa J. says:

    @ Occupy,, Your words are kind and very much appreciated!

  97. Joe Mosely says:

    Looks like Beverly could do with some budget cuts. When budgets get fat these sorts of things occur.

  98. David Donetelli says:

    see all i have heard from people on this issue is whining, whining and more whining.. if your car had been broken into you would whine, and your whining now that the police are trying to help you out. get over yourselves if you dont like it, then lock your car, if you dont want to lock it fine. im sure you rphone wallet whatever the hell it is you left in it would be very useful especially right now with the way the economy is to some else. and hell even the car itself. to all those who are whining thank you for proving my point in the fact of the united states is a country of whiners.

  99. Meijin Ryuu says:

    I’d bet they got caught breaking into cars and just came up with an alibi.

    Whether you like it or not, the police are not above the law. That means when they access your property without your permission (regardless of a lock), they broke the law and did so in a way worst than any other criminal since they are the ones that are supposed to enforce it to begin with – and not to mention our constitutional rights. Hopefully the cops responsible get held responsible and thrown into a maximum security prison on no parole for a few years.

  100. Happy Camper says:

    Most of you people make me laugh. I would rather see the police out and about then sitting somewhere doing nothing. Your upset because they are out walking around and checking cars. Years ago and in some places still officers walk “The Beat” walking down the sidewalks checking doors and buildings to make sure they are secure. So your upset because you left your gps in view for some dirtbag to steal? Your upset because your wallet with your money and other personal information is inside it and again might be stolen? Or how about your keys with all the above? Get over it people. They did you a favor. Go down to wall street and protest with the other idiots.

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