Is it Illegal for Police to Enter Unlocked Vehicles to Remind You to Lock Up?
A Reddit user posted an image of a ticket he received reminding him to lock up his vehicle by local Illinois authorities and claimed that the “local police department unlawfully” entered his “unlocked vehicle to prove a point.”
American Intelligence Report (AIR) reached out to the Dixon Police Department to verify, the responding officer on the phone reassured me that the Gotcha program was not a prank, however a “real program to remind you to keep your valuables and personal belongings out of clear site” and to “keep your vehicle locked.”
When AIR asked for the officer’s name that issued the ticket I was then informed that the person was “not a real police officer,” however a “Community Service Officer.” A Community Service Officer (CSO) has a badge, and carries a police radio, however has limited authority, according to the Sauk Valley newspaper.
The orange notification states, “If I were a criminal I would have stolen…” and goes on to list personal belongings that were found within the vehicle by the CSO. The law enforcement representative then places the ticket inside the automobile and secures your property.
Towards the end of my conversation with Dixon police, the agent informed me that “vehicle break-ins are on a rise” during this time of year and reiterated that all “valuables should be kept out of plain site at all times.”
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