- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - New Haven police have called off a day-old initiative in a section of the city for officers to remove valuables from unlocked vehicles for safekeeping from burglars.

The Caretaker Initiative began on Monday in East Rock and ended Tuesday.

The plan was to have officers run the plate number of unlocked cars with plainly seen valuables and attempt to contact the owner. If unsuccessful, police would then confiscate items, lock the car and leave a receipt to inform the owner.

Police Chief Dean Esserman tells The New Haven Register it was another attempt to “creatively combat” car break-ins.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp’s spokesman says the city attorney advised police to put the trial program on hold. Esserman says there were concerns it could have legal complications.

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