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Officers in Richmond, south-west London, are entering unlocked cars to remove valuables, like handbags and laptops, leaving a note for the driver.
Supt Jim Davis admitted, "technically we are entering the vehicle" but he denied breaching any law.
But a leading lawyer said police could face civil proceedings for trespass if any items taken by them were damaged.
Richmond Council said it backed the scheme.
Originally posted by St Vaast
reply to post by mr-lizard
And if the police rescued valuables which I had stupidly left in an unlocked car
I'd be grateful
and it would save the police from having to do all the paperwork and go searching for the crims when I dashed into the police station crying that 'my car was broken into .. fix it now .. find my stuff '
Originally posted by lucentenigmaThere is almost always an ulterior motive with cops, I'm sure they are hoping to find illegal goodies when 'securing' peoples cars so they can a%% pat each other for a job well done back at the station.
Originally posted by subject x
reply to post by St Vaast
If they decided to take it upon themselves to take my property from my private vehicle without permission?
Originally posted by CosmicEgg
reply to post by lucentenigma
You've got that right. Beware of wolves in sheeps' clothing. Scratch the surface of any cop and you find an authoritarian thug just waiting for an opening. Sorry, Morse!!