Friday, February 6, 2015

Warming Up Your Auto is Not Worth the Risk

Hopefully most of our readers have already heard on the news or through social media, about the large number of vehicles stolen in Overland Park and throughout the metro this winter.

The temperature outside may be down significantly, but it doesn't reduce the chances someone may drive off with your car if you leave it warming up outside with the keys in it.

Yesterday morning, during a two hour time period, we received five reports regarding vehicles that were stolen while “idling” or warming up. The total for the week now stands at 12 (Monday - Thursday morning). The vehicles were spread out in different areas of the city, which indicates there are possibly several suspects out there looking for opportunities. 

Last winter we had 34 vehicles stolen while warming up, and this year there are already 29. Keep in mind that we're only in the beginning of February and we've had a relatively mild winter so far.

Speaking of opportunities, we are also getting a few reports where people are leaving a spare key inside their unlocked vehicle and then having it stolen when the thief finds it as he rifles through it.

For many years, it has been suggested to warm a vehicle before driving. According to current research, today’s sophisticated engine management systems require no warm up. By foregoing the warm up you will save gas, money and may reduce your chances of becoming a crime victim.

Leaving your car running unattended is also against the law. City ordinance 12.04.107 prohibits running a vehicle unattended with the keys in it unless a remote-starter is being used.

We hope these tips will be useful. Safeguarding our automobiles and maintaining them properly will reduce criminal activity and keep us safe.