Ald. Terry Witkowski
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Legislation seeks to increase ignition and key security in Milwaukee

Alderman Witkowski sponsored files to be heard by Public Safety and Health Committee tomorrow – Thursday, January 25

By - Jan 24th, 2018 01:59 pm

A pair of proposed ordinances sponsored by Alderman Terry L. Witkowski aim to prevent motor vehicle thefts by decreasing access to ignition keys.

The Public Safety and Health Committee will take up both of the ordinances during its meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow – Thursday, January 25 – in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

Council file #171521 would prohibit motorists from leaving a vehicle unattended with the keys inside parked on private property, including any vehicle parked on a driveway, parking slab, parking lot or other outdoor location on private property. City code currently prohibits a person from leaving a motor vehicle unattended on a street or alley, or in any other public place, unless the starting lever, throttle, steering apparatus, gear shift, brake system or ignition of the vehicle is locked and the key for the lock is
removed from the vehicle.

The proposed ordinance also increases the citation for a violation from $22 to $75, and the general penalty for violation from a range of $22-$60 to a range of $75-$105.

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4 thoughts on “Legislation seeks to increase ignition and key security in Milwaukee”

  1. WashCoRepub says:

    Maybe next the Alderman can propose reducing the theft of expensive smartphones by making it illegal to carry them exposed in public. Or reducing the theft of wallets by making it illegal to carry them in back pockets. Or reduce the theft of purses by…

  2. Terry says:

    @WashCoRepub, lol, too funny you have to live with nanny state regulations like this. Enjoy!

  3. MKE Kid says:

    The remote starter I had installed in my vehicle 13 years ago is amongst the best $300 I’ve ever spent. Vehicle will shut off if it is shifted out of park. Alarm Tronics, a long time local business, has been wonderful. When the original fobs wore out, I purchased a pair of new ones at a very reasonable price and they re-programmed them for free. The staff at Alarm Trinox is very friendly and enjoyable to visit with.

  4. MKE Kid says:

    Hey, Bob, since you’re trying to be cute, maybe firearms maufacturers could put alarms on firearms that would go off when old geezers forget that they left their loaded guns in public restrooms.

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