There's nothing worse than a bored law enforcement officer, as a few Beverly, Massachusetts residents learned firsthand when the local police went around checking vehicles for unlocked doors and open windows. Owners received warnings for failing to protect their property and officers proceeded to lock every door they could, including vehicles with their keys still inside.

Petty thieves had been swiping iPods, GPS devices and prescription drugs from unlocked vehicles, and the police felt that a few hard lessons would change residents' perceptions on securing their belongings.

Now, we understand that being careless about leaving windows down and doors unlocked makes your car easy prey when thieves start prowling. That said, we have trouble believing that police officers' time couldn't have been better spent, say, searching for offenders instead of trying door handles and punishing otherwise innocent vehicle owners all day. But that's just us.


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      Snark McGee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in an area with high petty car crime. Car windows get smashed here just to grab some quarters. I leave my doors unlocked on purpose.
        kevsflanagan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Snark McGee
        I hear ya. If thieves wish to get into your car they will. Plus if you have a somewhat modern car most seem to have kill switches anyways. No keys mean they are not taking your car, your GPS and loose change maybe but not your car. A friend of mine just had his car broken into. Even after having the window replaced he kept on hearing glass rattle around. He had to take off the panel and somehow or another get the lose piece's out. It wasnt all to much fun and he realized how the person replacing the glass didnt get to 'em.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Snark McGee
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          Hambone
          • 3 Years Ago
          Re-read that post. They break the windows. Glass doesn't stop someone from getting into a vehicle.
          Mike D
          • 3 Years Ago
          "petty car crime" Stealing a car isn't petty. What he's speaking about is breaking in and stealing things out of the car, I would rather leave my car unlocked than have to pay for broken windows all the time in a bad area. If I go somewhere like that I simply don't leave anything of value in the car. If someone is that intent on actually stealing the car do you seriously think a glass window is going to stop them anyway?
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ SEA You must have been born with the cord around your neck.
        themanwithsauce
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Snark McGee
        Broken windows = broken glass = blood injury is likely. Blood = DNA evidence. Breaking and entering = crime. Crime + DNA evidence = you can get someone for that. Leaving your car unlocked usually doesn't. By your evidence, a thief can break a window or a door so you should just leave your windows and doors open when you leave your house. I mean, this way when they stael your tv you won't have to buy a new window, right?
          Kumar
          • 3 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          You're watching too many tv crime dramas. Put down the CSI and google 'break car window'. You can get a spring loaded punch for a few bucks just about anywhere that you put up to the glass and it shatters into little bits that are unlikely to cut you. And there is no way that anyone in their right mind with test for DNA evidence for a stolen iPod unless you, the victim, pays for it.
          Hambone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          Long shot with the DNA. These numb-nuts aren't breaking the windows with their bare hands, they use hammers, crowbars, etc. They also wear gloves. Even if they did manage to bleed on the vehicle, their DNA needs to be on file in order to match it up.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
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          lemonite
          • 3 Years Ago
          @themanwithsauce
          Too much CSI for you, bro. Do you know how much DNA testing costs? You'll be laughed out of the police department. Also, youtube says you can shatter windows by throwing ceramic pieces of spark plugs at them.
      quixmar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Simple concept. LOCK YOUR CAR and YOUR STUFF WON'T GET TOOK! (Sounds kind of southern). There have been a rash of car robberies in my town because people are stupid and do not lock their cars. At least 3 cars have been stolen in the past 3 months because people leave keys in them. Honestly, if your door is unlocked and your key is in the car, insurance companies shouldn't have to cover that loss. It is YOUR responsibility to protect your property.
        jensengirls3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @quixmar
        Simple ...... Go read the 4th amendment....... This violates it.
      mizdixie9
      • 3 Years Ago
      We live in a rural area. Alarm system on the road coming into the property. Dogs that carry on & greet all comers. We still lock our vehicles at night.
      zornwmh
      • 3 Years Ago
      and how many car alarms did they set off, pulling on door handles to see if they were locked? Friend of mine had a liitle Brit convertable,bad parking spot off a alley. used to make sure he left nothing in the car worth stealing, and leave it unlocked, otherwise once a month or so someone would cut the top to get inside, to see if anything was in there.
        zornwmh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zornwmh
        the time they cut the top just to steal his shift knob and lighter was the last straw, after that, he'd throw everything, including the knob in a bag, roll down the windows a crack and leave it unlocked. said he could tell, every now and then someone went thru his car, but there waas nothing to swipe in a hurry, so they moved on.
      Heidi Ann
      • 3 Years Ago
      In answer to your question, lightv416, I would want the woman to file a rape report even if she wore a short skirt. The difference is, she's a living being that can speak up for herself and protest the situation and if someone pushes beyond that boundary, they should be charged. But leaving your car unlocked is like an open invitation for a thief to come in and take what he wants. Given a person has self control and can decide to steal or not but why make it easy for them?
        bigwingnut
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Heidi Ann
        I've had my car broken into 3 times in the last 6years. Every time, they broke a window to get in. I now leave the car unlocked so they can steal whatever they want without tearing up the car. And it's sure as hell not the police's business if I choose to do so. Keep your sanctimonious hands off my car. If I wanted it locked, I'd lock it!
      Oscar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here in Germany, the Politizi search unlocked vehicles. Want the contents of your vehicle back? Go to the local precinct Lesson? Be careful what you leave in your car. Thank God for our freedoms in the US. We all take them for granted.
        breakfastburrito
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oscar
        Spoken like a true American Oscar! People now have so little regard for their rights, they almost deserve to lose them...
      sadiemae1214
      • 3 Years Ago
      A word of advice. If you own a convertible, don't leave anything in it and DON'T lock the doors. Windows are expensive enough, do you know what it costs to replace a convertible top once it's been ripped open? My boss went thru that twice!
        Heidi Ann
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sadiemae1214
        My sister in law had to replace her roof a few times. After a while she got sick of it so she sold the car.
      Ghetto Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never feel like parking in an area where somebody might come along and do something to my car. That pretty miuch solves that problem. Yes, it seems that cops are always too overly anti-private about civilian vehicles. If somebody messed with a cop car though you'd see angry spit and forehead veins.
      meezmos
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is my constitutional right to lock or leave unlocked my car, house, motorhome....whatever I choose. I would sue the cops and the city for infringement of those rights.
        Steve
        • 3 Years Ago
        @meezmos
        You, sir, are a moron. Once your items are stolen and house burglarized, I hope you call 911 for the police and they tell you that they cannot respond due to the threat of being sued by you.
        ace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @meezmos
        meezmoa: You are an *******
      Jimmy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't seem legal for the police to enter your PRIVATE property without just cause of illegal wrongdoing or a cause for emergency.
        Coot
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jimmy
        My thoughts exactly. Sounds like breaking and entering to me.Someone will say"but they didnt break anything" I say,get caught in an unlocked building where you have no reason whatsoever to be,and see what you get charged with.And no,Im not speaking from experience,just common sense from a broke American that sees where our country is headed.
        Steve
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jimmy
        Per the Supreme Court, vehicles have a lesser expectation of privacy than, say, a house. I doubt a court would find any wrongdoing with a cop opening a car door with the intention to lock it. However, any illegal items found in the car only after the door was opened would be questionable, and probably thrown out.
        limstillme
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jimmy
        Jimmy, you would be correct if we lived in a free country. I believe the USA is still the best country in the world to live in (so far), just look at the people who risk life and limb to come here from Cuba and other communist countries and third world countries like Mexico. But the fact is, we now live in a semi-free country with our freedom being swallowed up by the government assuming absolute authority over our personal choices.
      Kimura
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to live in Lawrence, which is, quite factually, a shithole that with any luck will one day burn itself down (I can dream). We always lock our cars but that doesn't stop thieves. Years ago we had an Aspen that got broken into (who wants to steal one of those, I mean honestly?). They broke into our `86 Caravan twice, vandalized it on two separate occasions, and stole it once. It was recovered and when they tried to steal it again after a kill switch was installed they broke 2 windows. This despite being locked and in the driveway. When we got out Town and Country the first night it was broken into. to steal a nickel that was in the change holder. They broke into my girlfriend's Prizm through the quarter window to unlock it and steal the crappy stereo (whose head unit was not in the car). Bottom line is locking the door won't stop a thief from breaking into it (but removing the starter relay will keep them from stealing it). We moved away from that festering pile of ass to a much nicer town but I still always lock my doors and keep nothing of value in them.
      rbohemia6
      • 3 Years Ago
      You people keep calling it breaking and entering. It's only breaking and entering if you are doing it in a unlawful manner. Years ago before power windows, if you saw someone's window opened and it was pouring rain out, you would open the door and roll up the window so the owner didn't have a wet interior to deal with, it's what use to be called being a concerned citizen, but now everyone is concerned about having their civil rights violated. that is why we are where we are now, it's all me me, yet no one wants to take responsibility for themselves
        scratchhisself
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rbohemia6
        I'd forgotten. You are absolutely right! As a teenager in the '60's, I remember rolling up someone's car window for them in the rain... or turning the lights off. It was common. But nowadays... I admit to fear. I wouldn't do it. Nowadays, if you are "caught" in someone's car, you can be legally shot to death with an assault rifle... from a safe distance. It's been done, and there are people standing by to do it again. It's often hard to remember that there are more of "us" (sane people) than there are of "them" (crazies).
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