Detroit Police Prohibiting Some Street Parking Following Rise in Thefts

Freep, January 15, 2012

Street parking will be prohibited in a section of downtown as Detroit police battle a rise in thefts from cars and trucks in the area.

Police are encouraging people to park their vehicles today in well-lit lots. Olympia Entertainment is reducing rates on its lots in and around downtown as part of the initiative.

Police say in a release that parking violations will be enforced and patrols in the area west of Woodward will be increased to prevent larcenies.


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  • Anonymous


  • Much legal and law enforcement action to address car thefts almost always falls on the burden of the honest owners and drivers.  In addition to this, many cities have ordinances against letting your car warm up while unoccupied, and in the City of St. Louis, you can attach a sticker to your window that allows the cops carte blanche permission to pull it over between 1 AM and 5 AM if it is out on the streets, the assumption is that it is almost always stolen if it is on the streets during those hours.  Of course, with police chases almost never allowed anymore, all the thief has to do is hit the gas and he’s home free.

    All of this “has” to be done because it is hard to convict car thieves for GTA, because it’s hard to prove who actually stole the car.  Therefore, most car thieves wind up with “tampering” on their rap sheets, which usually means probation or a handful of days in the city jail.

  • Oil Can Harry

    The problem with this idea is that after parking in a “well-lit lot” you might now have to walk several blocks through Detroit to reach the store(s) you wanted. 

    I think it would be safer for people to park on the street in front of the store, even if it means their car might get broken into. 

    However you just can’t reason with Detroit’s low-IQ black pols. 

  • That Bait Car television show should switch gears and focus on Detroit rather than Chicago.

    Of course, that might be ray-cissssss!

    • That wouldn’t be ray-cisss…

      We have a huge negro problem here in Chicago.

  • Anonymous

    When parking is outlawed, only outlaws will park.

  • Anonymous

    Another stroke of genius from the crime-fighting heroes of the DPD.

    “Huh? Dey’s a lotta folks havin dey cars broken inta on da street?’

    ( 5 minutes of deep reflection)

    “Tell dem notta park on da street no mo”

    (goes back to watching tv)

  • Police are encouraging people to park their vehicles today in well-lit lots.

    And the criminal are thanking police for:

    1) Giving them more potential victims on the sidewalks.
    2) Giving them cars in well lit areas to steal.

  • Anonymous

    My mother’s friend once had his car stolen right out of her driveway, in a Detroit suburb.  The car was recovered in Detroit and had damage to its steering wheel.

    Meanwhile, in my part of town, in semi-rural Ohio…you have to watch going to the theatre, because that parking lot is known for break-ins.  And did I mention the fact that there’s a buffet place, a Red Lobster, and a Walmart right near by…?

    Whoever said bait cars–that’s what’s needed!