By RENAISSANCE ALLIANCE
We've all misplaced our car keys at one point or another, but people are getting more forgetful?
That would appear to be the case if we review the recent report on the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) issued on car thefts. Thieves are driving away with our cars because we are making it too easy for them by leaving our keys and fobs right in the vehicles!
While car thefts in general are on a downward trend, the numbers of cars stolen due to keys in the car are on the rise. And it's not just a slight uptick ̵
Sometimes the keys or fobs left in the car are not due to forgetfulness – thefts spike in the winter when there are more cars being warmed up in cold weather. Beyond that, NICB doesn't speculate as to why. It may be because they are quieter. We previously talked about how quieter, keyless cars are related to an increase in carbon monoxide deaths. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess: Too much trust in anti-theft and theft-recovery systems? An aging population of drivers? Distracted by our phones as we are powering off our cars? Hard to know
To prevent this happening, NICB advises drivers to:
- Lock the vehicle, set the alarm and take all keys or FOBS. ]
- Never leave a car unlocked and run to warm it up or while stopping for a quick cup of coffee . It only takes a moment for the opportunistic thief to jump inside and drive off.  April 22, 2019 By RENAISSANCE ALLIANCE