The Lakewood Township this week introduced legislation to increase penalties for car thefts, Mayor Ray Coles told TLS.
The State and Township around the State are working to increase the severity of the crime in response to the numerous car thefts that took place in recent months.
There has been push-back on the statewide proposal, says Coles, as some felt in unfairly targets certain communities.
“We plan on moving ahead with it,” Coles said. “We have to let folks know that it’s not a minor thing to steal someone’s car.”
Coles added, “on the flip side of that, we have to continue with the education, people have to know they have to lock their cars and they can’t leave their key fobs in them. A large part of what happens in town is that it’s a crime of convenience, people just look around and pop door handles until something opens, and they spot the fob and go.”
The first reading was held during the reorganization meeting, and the second reading will take place later this month.