SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Right now a car needs to be locked in order for qualify as a burglary, but a proposed bill would make it against the law to break into an unlocked car, too.
Senator Weiner and Assemblymembers Arambula and Cervantes introduced Senate Bill 23 on Monday.
“This bill would make entering a vehicle with the intent to commit a theft therein a crime punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for a period not to exceed one year or imprisonment in a county jail for 16 months, or 2 or 3 years. By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.”
The existing law “defines the crime of burglary to include entering a vehicle when the doors are locked with the intent to commit grand or petit (sic) larceny or a felony. Existing law make the burglary of a vehicle punishable as a misdemeanor.”
Law enforcement does suggest you always lock your cars doors.