With the temperatures well below freezing for a good portion of 2013, there’s a natural temptation to warm up your car and leave the keys in it while you’re inside. For the majority of people who practice this habit on a regular basis there are usually no negative consequences, but a few unfortunate people have become the victims of auto theft.
During all of 2012, the Overland Park Police Department took a total of five reports from owners who had their vehicles stolen while warming up outside. So far in 2013 we’ve taken six reports, including two that just occurred yesterday morning. Colder temperatures so far this year as compared to 2012 is certainly a good reason the number is higher.
Thieves are finding it tougher to steal cars with the various anti-theft technologies installed by auto manufacturers, so they look for easier targets such as unattended vehicles sitting with the keys in them.
Investing in a remote starter is another way to limit easy access to your vehicle. Anything you can do will be a lot cheaper than the alternative of having to call your insurance agent to explain to them how your car was stolen and hope there was no fine print in your policy disallowing coverage for leaving the vehicle running. There’s also the hassle of trying to get another vehicle to get to work, not to mention replacing anything of value that was inside of it when it was stolen.