Checking car doors prevents thefts: Chief 0
When police check car doors to see if they are unlocked, they are doing so to ensure any valuables inside are not stolen, Police Chief Mike Osborne has told the Midland Police Services Board.
The chief was asked by board member Kathy Willis about concerns raised by a resident about the legality of such police actions.
"You have to look at the intent," Osborne explained. There has to be criminal intent. We are just ensuring valuables are not stolen. We don't get in the car. We check the ignition for keys. And lock it."
Of 450 vehicles checked by police a few weeks ago, 50 were found unlocked. "In some cases valuables - even wallets - were visible," says Osborne. Police left a "lock it lose it" card on the unlocked vehicles.
"Forty people saw us checking the cars and thanked us," he added.
"It only takes a few seconds for a thief to reach in and grab something," says Osborne. He encourages people to call police when they see anybody acting suspiciously, checking vehicles, looking in windows.