Chicago- A measure to combat carjackings in Illinois was signed into law today with strong support from State Senator Robert Martwick.
“I am pleased that we have taken this step to hold criminals accountable,” said Martwick (D-Chicago). “This law puts us one step closer toward addressing this critical public safety issue across our state.”
The new law, formerly known as House Bill 601, defines that a person commits possession of burglary tools when he or she knowingly possesses a device designed to unlock or start a motor vehicle or a device to capture or duplicate a signal from the key fob of a motor vehicle. These devices are frequently used to aid carjackings across the state.
“Increasing the criminal penalties on individuals who are in possession of these devices is another way that we can combat the recent surge in carjackings across Illinois,” Martwick said.
House Bill 601 was signed into law on Thursday and takes effect in January, 2023.