Police chief drops plan requiring cars be locked

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October 15, 2010 9:53:19 AM PDT
A suburban Philadelphia police chief is backing off a plan to fine residents who leave their car doors unlocked on public areas.

Upper Moreland police Chief Thomas Nestel says he's dropping a proposal that would have required residents and visitors to lock their car doors or face a citation and a $25 fine.

Nestel told The Intelligencer newspaper of Doylestown the proposal drew a flood of negative responses after he pitched the idea to the township commissioners.

Nestel had proposed the idea Monday, saying three-quarters or more of thefts in the township are from cars left unlocked.


Information from: The Intelligencer