Philly Suburb Nixes Proposal for Unlocked Car Fines

Upper Moreland Twp. police withdrew the proposal Thursday

The suburban Philadelphia township that was considering fining people $25 for failing to lock their cars has been nixed.

Upper Moreland Township Police report that since 2008, three-quarters or more of each year's reported thefts in the township are from cars left unlocked.

That statistic is exactly why officials began pushing for the ordinance which called for police spot checks on neighborhood cars and issue a citation and fine to those who left their cars unlocked.

So what’s changed in a matter of days?

According to Upper Moreland Township police, the proposal has had so much attention and negative feedback in the past few days that Chief of Police Tom Nestel feels residents of the township got the point and will begin locking their cars.

He says he does not want to enact an ordinance that lacks overwhelming support, according to a press release.

Nestel withdrew the proposal Thursday.

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