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Sidney PD cracking down on problem vehicles

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Your unsightly or unregistered vehicle could end up in the impound lot if it's parked on Sidney streets.
The Sidney Police Department is teaming up with local towing and code enforcement companies to crack down on "problem vehicles" in the city.

Sidney Police Chief B.J. Wilkinson says there are a number of abandoned, inoperable and unlicensed vehicles around the city that are starting to become an eyesore.
"Quite frankly, they look bad. As we continue to grow and think about our growth, and one of the ways we accomplish great things in that growth and expansion is to improve our curb appeal," Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson says the crackdown follows suit with the "broken windows model":

"...and that says if you've got broken windows and do nothing to fix them, you invite more broken windows and eventually you'll invite broken doors, crime and all of the things that go along with that. So our goal is to eliminate the preverbal broken window."

When an inoperable or abandoned vehicle is identified, the Police Department will attempt to make contact with the registered owner of the vehicle before it's towed.

"Obviously we want voluntary compliance," Wilkinson said. "Because voluntary compliance means that are citizens are actually buying into the idea and we've got some great things going on here in Sidney to improve how we look and how we present ourselves, and we're actually looking at changing that culture."


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