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(The Eagle Tribune)   Massachusetts disbands successful car theft strike force in favor of more road patrols. So feel free to steal that car, but keep it under 65 miles per hour   (eagletribune.com ) divider line
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2012-12-30 04:47:46 PM  
3 votes:
Arresting criminals costs money. Giving tickets makes money.
2012-12-30 02:47:07 PM  
3 votes:
"This was a move made to enhance patrol presence in the context of a tight budget situation," State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

Basically, we can't afford this task force any longer so we'll go back to ticketing drivers for cash. Eventually the auto theft rates will rise again and when they get bad enough, some politician will make it his mission to crack down. By then, maybe we'll have enough money to do it again. But money is tight, right now. But maybe we'll have more in the future.
2012-12-30 04:32:56 PM  
2 votes:

BMFPitt: "This was a move made to enhance patrol presence in the context of a tight budget situation," State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

Wow, usually they at least have the decency to lie.


One of the worst things that can happen to police is when their bosses start to see them as a revenue-producing agency instead of a public safety agency.
2012-12-30 04:26:20 PM  
2 votes:
traffic tickets = increased revenue
car theft force = increased expense, and the owner's insurance probably covers the theft anyway

tough choice
2012-12-30 04:52:37 PM  
1 vote:

duffblue: Massachusetts needs more police to ticket bad drivers, unfortunately the police are also residents.


I knew you were from New York as soon as I read that. In my experience, Massachusetts drivers are aggressive while New York drivers are just unaware of their surroundings. I prefer dealing with the former.

/And you're all wicked retahded
//The Commonwealth rules
2012-12-30 04:38:50 PM  
1 vote:

Goatman6.0: Cars are getting harder to steal though, with ignition interupters and keyless ignition, seems legit.


This is the elephant in the room in this whole discussion. Of course the rate of car thefts has declined in the last thirty years. You can't open a car with a coat hanger anymore. Despite having no taskforce at all, banging on a jukebox in the right spot to get it to play has decreased 100%! I have significant doubts that a team of a dozen or so cops(probably overstating it, btw) have had a tremendous impact in car thefts across the whole state.

Silverstaff: BMFPitt: "This was a move made to enhance patrol presence in the context of a tight budget situation," State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

Wow, usually they at least have the decency to lie.

One of the worst things that can happen to police is when their bosses start to see them as a revenue-producing agency instead of a public safety agency.


There have been a number of fatal accidents on Massachusetts roadways. I'll admit that any state has such accidents and we can argue all day about the necessity of traffic cops, but I absolutely believe that more cops on the highway = more safety. All the whining about tickets is a little silly to me.
2012-12-30 04:29:28 PM  
1 vote:
Cars are getting harder to steal though, with ignition interupters and keyless ignition, seems legit.
2012-12-30 04:24:44 PM  
1 vote:
Like in most states, this is a hidden tax that affects the poor much greater than those well off.

Just another way to make money and fleece the public. All governments, particularly the federal government, have long forgot who works for who. It has become they think we work for them, not the other way around.
2012-12-30 03:05:09 PM  
1 vote:
In other news, people don't want to pay taxes but they want governmental services.
 
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