Legislation In Florida Aims To Make It A Crime To Be A Victim Of Auto Theft
Article from Reason by Christian Britschgi.
Florida state Rep. Wengay Newton (D–St. Petersburg) is so tough on auto theft that he wants to punish the crime’s victims as well.
Newton has introduced a bill that would make it a criminal offense to have your car stolen if you leave it unlocked with the keys inside. His legislation would make this a second-degree misdemeanor; violators would face fines of up to $500 and jail time of up to 60 days.
But only if the person who steals the car is a minor. Having the same unlocked car stolen by an adult would not be a criminal offense.
“We have a lot of juveniles getting access to vehicles unlawfully. However, these juveniles are not using guns or force. These vehicles are pretty much just left running with keys in them,” Newton told WTSP. He claims his bill would “close this floodgate of a crime of opportunity.”
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