Dave Hughes can’t believe it. Ben Cousins says it’s madness. But it’s really happening. Police are issuing fines for people who leave their cars unlocked.
Cousins, who joins Hughesy and Kate on Nova 100 every Tuesday morning, saw it on the Channel 9 news last night.
“I thought surely (the police have) completely wiped out drugs and they’re just moving on to unlocked cars, that’s how well we’re going over here,” Cuz said.
“I thought it must have been April Fool’s Day, I rang a couple of blokes and I said ‘is this mad’?”
News reports confirm that police in the Yarra Ranges area are enforcing fines of up to $358 for unlocked cars.
“It puts our crime stats up, it wastes police man hours in investigating the crimes in the first instance and ultimately it will put up insurance premiums,” Sergeant John Morgan told The Age.
The Channel 9 news report followed police scouring for unlocked cars in a car park. When they found one, they issued the owner with an on-the-spot fine of $117.
That unlucky person was Amber, who was shown visibly upset at receiving her fine. She rang Hughesy and Kate after hearing them talk about it on Nova 100.
“I was asked by the female newsreader how I felt getting fined for such a minor offence and when I realized there was so many people looking at me and I realized I was being filmed I just lost it,” she said.
Amber told Hughesy and Kate she had no idea it was an offence to leave your car unlocked.
“A guy who parked down from me got the same fine for leaving his window (down) a little bit. That’s an offence as well apparently,” she said.
“(The policeman) made a point about the bag that was on my passenger side seat. And I said if someone wants to take it that's fine, it’s full of wet towels, we’ve just been swimming so if you want to take it go for it."
The only upside? Ben Cousins said he’d pay Amber’s fine for her.