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Eureka cracks down on car break-ins with new ordinance | St. Louis News Headlines – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri 2021-12-01 19:15:00 –

EUREKA (KMOV.com)- The city of Eureka recently passed a new city ordinance that hopes police will help fight the issue of car intrusion and theft.

“We have seen a significant rise this year,” said Eureka Police Lieutenant Mike Wages.

Werges said police officers investigated the theft of 11 cars in 2019 and 10 cars in 2020. He said there were 30 cars stolen in the city in 2021.

In October, police investigated a car intrusion rash, including the theft of two cars. The crime took place in three subdivisions.

Nancy Schaffer lives in one of those subdivisions and is very familiar with the problem.

“Yes, there were two intrusions,” she said.

To address this issue, the Eureka City Council recently passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to lift door handles or try doors and locks on vehicles that you do not own. The ordinance also makes it illegal for someone to enter a vehicle owned by another person without the permission of the owner.

“We provide tools that can be arrested under this ordinance if people walk down the street or if a suspect walks down the street and tries to get into a car,” said Lieutenant Werges. rice field.

Werges said violations of the ordinance would be dealt with by the district court. Violators are usually fined for violating the ordinance. However, he said the arrest would allow police officers to collect names, addresses, and vehicle information that could be shared with other police stations.

The residents spoken by News 4 were delighted to hear about the new ordinance.

“I think it should be illegal for someone to get into my car without my permission,” Gary Elliott said.

Police are calling on residents not to be victims by always locking the doors, leaving no keys or valuables in the car.

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