New Wave of Police Taking Valuables From Unlocked Cars to Teach Lesson

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By Amanda Warren

Connecticut news stations are reporting that “police will now be going into to cars and removing items that would attract thieves.”

Oftentimes, a person will by accident hit the button to unlock the doors or accidentally release the trunk. Oftentimes, the person will return only to have their faith in humanity restored when they see their valuables are still there. Not with the East Rock police in New Haven – now residents will be punished for their forgetfulness.

New Haven police stated intentions to “send a strong message” and by removing the valuables are “forcing residents to make a trip to the police station to pick up belongings.”

Officers “will take them to keep them safe from would-be burglars” Ironically, the way they are keeping the item “safe” is by burgling.

Obviously, this brings up clear 4th amendment violations. However, Connecticut claims a loophole under state law that allows law enforcement to take valuables in plain sight without a search warrant and with the intention of safe keeping.

One wonders if “lessons” aren’t learned by people who leave car doors unlocked – and get their stuff stolen. Not that they deserve to have their items taken by criminals or police.

What the news and police aren’t telling you about the break-ins

When you hear about car break-ins from your friends and around town – what usually happened? A window was smashed in. A lock was busted.

While police claim that there were eight car break-ins in one neighborhood and that they now must teach people this lesson for their own good – could it really be that so many people in one neighborhood simply left their car doors unlocked? Could it be that word didn’t get around about the break-ins and people in New Haven obliviously kept their doors unlocked as though they lived in Mayberry?

The police and the news are conspicuously leaving out the nature of the vehicle break-ins.

Secondly, if police are able to grab the valuables then it means the valuables were not being grabbed by crooks just yet. Is this really crime prevention or is it just beating criminals to the punch?

Previously, Kristan Harris reported that police in Illinois were opening unlocked car doors – but even they stopped at leaving a “Gotcha!” card. The card was to let the driver know that if he or she wanted to, the officer could have taken the valuables. It was unclear how far the very real “Gotcha” program reached. Curiously, when Harris called to ask about the officers he was told they weren’t “real” officers, but were community service officers.” What is the difference if they were arbitrarily given the authority to enter people’s personal property? Why are departments hiring peepers to enter cars?

Look how the news team trains the public to get used to cops entering vehicles and removing valuables. Are we back in Kindergarten?

Interviewees have mixed reactions – they feel uncomfortable but are not sure exactly why. Maybe it’s because the “lesson” being taught is a contradiction. How can you teach people about crime by committing crimes against them and making them fight to get their property back which is what they would have to do if they were reporting a legitimate crime. Perhaps the feeling of unease is the kind people get when they sense degradation. They are also getting the message that it’s justified for their items to be stolen if they forget to lock their doors, but really it’s never just – which is why it is a crime regardless of who does it.

Readers quick to say “who cares?” or blame irresponsible people must ask themselves about the omitted information and ask “why? why this and why now?”

When is it ever okay to supersede the Constitution and lose individual rights over the actions of criminals, idiots, or eager government? Or all of the above…

Amanda Warren writes for Activist Post – see her recent articles HERE

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22 Comments on "New Wave of Police Taking Valuables From Unlocked Cars to Teach Lesson"

  1. This calls for an experiment connecting an electric fence energizer to a car body… purely for research purposes of course.

  2. Yep! Lesson learned: cops are just criminals with badges.

  3. Guillotine_ready | November 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm | Reply

    When you see a cop you see a state backed criminal.

  4. This is bullsh*t and it needs to be nipped in the bud before it spreads. The police violence, militarization, corruption, all those are outrages but at least it’s a black and white issue, this is just creepy and weird and unnecessary and possibly COULD easily be prohibited with public pressure. I suspect some hidden ulterior motive, possibly getting us used to having our cars searched routinely, because they sure as sh*t don’t care about theft seeing how they steal money and property from people routinely all over the country.

  5. Some years ago, a person super-glued a bunch of fish-hooks to the back of his car radio. They had to call an ambulance and police to free the thief.
    In another case, someone left rat poison in a whisky bottle in his cubby-hole. The thief died.
    In both cases the car owner was charged and found guilty.
    If it was the police that were to take it, it may be worth it.

  6. BanishedJester | November 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm | Reply

    I wonder how long it will be when they start opening peoples’ front doors at night and leaving notes that say “you could have been raped last night.” Moreover how long till they actually start raping women telling them that it could have been a criminal and that they are lucky?

  7. They usually call that “theft”, you’re not obligated to lock ur car door or hide your valuables.

  8. This explains why the Pentagon is missing 8.6 Trillion, why we bailed out Wall Street, and the politicians insider trading, and generally ripping us off…to teach us a lesson.

  9. Federally trained and manipulated Cop logic:
    “We are going to break into your cars and steal your property, to prevent others from breaking into your cars and stealing your property”
    How about you lock the car doors instead of following federal mandates that turn you into criminals, cops? Will the low IQs triumph, or will the police figure out how the feds are manipulating them?

    • Yuup!! good one 🙂

    • Since there is no probable cause that the car or truck has committed a crime the cops have no authority to enter the car or truck. That is called breaking and entering if there is not a Law mandated by the state legislature to give them the authority to carry out this little theft from autos crime spree.

  10. FYI, they don’t have secret powers, anyone with the right tools can unlock any car, relevance?

    • ridiculousness | November 7, 2015 at 4:03 pm | Reply

      Not everyone has the ability to do it, then claim without question that they did not in fact do it. That’s the difference.

      • That’s great, you’re telling me this because…

        • ridiculousness | November 7, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Reply

          That’s the RELEVANCE! If you or I did it, NO ONE would defend what we did. You don’t remember asking, “Relevance?” If they break into a car, they can just claim it was unlocked, and no one will think twice to look into it. So actually, being able to both perform the act and get away with it is relevant to this discussion.

          • You’re trying to argue something that doesn’t have anything to do with what I said. Go away

          • ridiculousness | November 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm |

            You asked the relevance of them being able to break in. I pointed out that it’s a lot different because they can break in, claim they didn’t, then investigate themselves on the claim. Other people do not have that capability. That’s plenty relevant, because it means they can steal things from a LOCKED vehicle, then claim it was unlocked.

            If that isn’t what you meant when you asked about relevance, what was the point of you asking for relevance? Your point just becomes incoherent otherwise.

  11. Haven’t they got more important thing’s to do, and maybe they are taking these valuables in hope the owner doesn’t report them stolen, and keep them?

  12. michael lawless | November 6, 2015 at 7:19 am | Reply

    isnt that stealing?

  13. Chuck Cunningham | November 6, 2015 at 7:42 pm | Reply

    I would like to see someone open an unlocked police car and remove the valuables. All the dash board equipment. Just take the whole car then. It was not glued to the ground therefore we should steal it before someone else does. Don’t police have better things to do? Reminds me of “we destroyed the village to save the village” from Vietnam war. They just want to see how much bs people will put up if they even notice.

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