How to Steal a Car in the 21st Century

It’s no secret that the European Union has some strange and, dare I say, dangerous policies when it comes to government involvement in the lives of everyday citizens.

For instance, the United Kingdom has some of the most radical gun laws currently in effect. These laws include steep restrictions on gun ownership, denying the purchase of guns for self-defense and even limiting the number of police officers carrying firearms.

Now, it’s true the amount of gun violence is drastically lower in the U.K. than it is here in the States, but even if there is a direct correlation between their gun laws and the lack of gun crime, it still comes at a great cost to personal freedom.

In fact, in a U.K. survey conducted last year, 82% of those polled said they would choose to repeal the ban on handguns if given the choice.

But the sad fact is the choice isn’t theirs.

And now, an even more frightening proposition is in the works for the EU.

Earlier this year, secret documents were leaked revealing plans to install a “kill switch” in every vehicle entering and operating in the EU… within the next decade.

This kill switch would be remotely operated by an officer from a control room and would give the police the power to stop any vehicle, anywhere, anytime.

Now, the official party line is that this technology will help to protect the public by allowing law enforcement to disable vehicles as an alternative to high-speed chases since, traditionally, fleeing criminals are more likely to take desperate and dangerous action to escape capture.

I understand the spirit of this claim, but the idea still frightens me.

It’s based on the assumption that a) the police are beyond reproach and b) there will be no errors made by either the officers or the technology.

What’s to stop officers from abusing this system to stop citizens for minor traffic or even nonmoving violations?

If this kill switch results in injury or loss of life, who is responsible?

What if the system malfunctions on a large scale, disabling a large number of vehicles all at once?

Or if the system is somehow hacked, opening another door to criminals that could result in greater losses than the rare car chase?

What’s to simply keep criminals from disabling the device?

These are all good questions to ask, and I’m sure the people behind this new technology are looking for solutions to these problems as we speak.

But the greater concern is the loss of personal freedom that seems to be running rampant through the EU in spite of its citizens’ desire to stop it.

At the very least, this should serve as a reminder to Americans that our freedoms are precious, and that in order retain to them, we have to stay vigilant and aware.

In the meantime, we should keep an eye on these kinds of foreign policies and make sure our own government officials don’t get any bright ideas.

Here’s to the future,

Patrick Copeland
for The Daily Reckoning

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