Over the past decade the amount of car thefts are down, but there is one key event (no pun intended) that is on the rise; leaving your keys in the car and it is stolen. It seems as if it is common sense to take your keys out of the car or turn off your car if you are going to run into a store really quick, but in 2015 common sense has left the general population. As an transporter company, we make sure that keys are inside the haulers cabin and not inside the vehicle to help against theft. That is one key advantage of using Auto Transport Quote Services.
A growing trend has been occurring that cars are being stolen with the key inside the vehicle. A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that 126,603 vehicles that were stolen between January 1st, 2012 and December 31st, 2014 that contained a key to start and steal the car. That number accounts for 6.7% of all car thefts during that same time period. Can you believe that over 125,000 cars were stolen within 3 years all because someone left the key inside the car? Common sense to take the key out of the car people!
Also in the report was the months that these thefts took place. It was reported that a sizable jump in numbers occurred during the winter months when people would normally start their car to heat it up before leaving to go where they were heading. A simple fix to this problem is to get a automatic start added to your vehicle or if you’re looking to buy a new car make sure an auto attic start is available for that particular model.
The President and CEO of National Insurance Crime Bureau, Joe Wehrle, said that he is not surprised by these numbers and knows that the numbers are actually higher because the numbers only show when a vehicle was recovered with a key inside the vehicle. That number of 126,603 doesn’t include any vehicles where the key wasn’t inside the vehicle when it was recovered and not admitted to the Police by the victim. It is assumed that some people never mention that the keys were in the car at the time of it being stolen to the Police of the insurance companies.