Mixed reaction to unlocked car fine
FRASER Coast residents have had a mixed reaction to the news they could be fined $40 for not locking their cars.
Some feel the fines, to be enforced by police, might teach people to be more careful about locking their cars while others say the police would be better served using their resources elsewhere.
Many were of the opinion that police should not be able to tell the public how to look after their private property.
Others had mixed feelings, saying that while they could see the sense in encouraging people to lock their cars it was a bit harsh to fine someone $40 if they had just left their car unlocked for a brief time.
Some people thought it was an excellent idea, adding that if more people locked their cars it would lessen the temptation for some to commit crime.
The campaign, which is focusing particular attention along Hervey Bay’s Esplanade, is currently being carried out by all officers in the Maryborough police district, in accordance with the crime prevention unit.
Those who leave their windows down more than five centimetres also risk a fine.
Vehicle theft is up 30 per cent this financial year and police hope that the fines will serve as extra encouragement to remind people to lock their cars, even when leaving them for just a short time.