The police officer's actions, while perhaps a bit invasive, did have drivers' best interests at heart, as stealing components from unlocked vehicles has been a rising trend for car thieves over the past couple of years.
"It's a little creepy, but I think that it has best intentions," a Beverly resident told WBZ-TV.
According to the local news outlet, the police issued about 100 warnings -- equating to roughly 1 in every 5 cars that offers tested -- that alerted car owners' of their mistake and offered some safety tips for avoiding vehicular theft in the future.
While some motorists were understanding of the officers' intentions, others were quite put off -- especially those that had their keys locked inside their cars.
"A few were upset by the fact that we went into their vehicles, and we understand it," said Beverly Police Chief Mark Ray."
No, you do not understand it, Markie m'lad. Breaking the law, which you sanctioned, then defended, is a worse offense than when the common street thug does it, because...YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE THE LAW.
First thing a criminal does when caught redhanded is to profess innocence, followed shortly thereafter by offering mitigating "explanations". Crooked cops like Chief Markie skip the former while working damned hard on the latter.
ANYONE, and I do mean anyone caught fiddle fucking with my property without that silly thing called a warrant is getting the surprise of his life. That's what the good Lord invented triple-ought buck for.