Crime Prevention in cold weather


Today I woke up and saw it was -6 degrees on the thermometer in our part of the world.  The news is telling everyone going outside to bundle up to stay warm.  Many of us will go out today and will want to have a warm car to get in to.

It’s tempting to run out, start the car and then finish breakfast or finishing getting everything together before going to the store.  It’s only 10 or 15 minutes and the car will be warm and any frost will be gone from your window.

The problem is a criminal knows this and knows they can drive off with your car and you won’t know for 5 or 10 minutes.

I see it all the time at the gas pumps or convenience store where someone is going to run in for a quick minute and leave their car running.  Remember it takes just a minute to jump in a running car and drive off.

News article of a stolen car while being warmed up

Our suggestion is not to give the criminals the keys to your car by warming it while you go inside.  Otherwise you could ruin your day.

Safety note: Never leave a car warming up inside a garage as it can cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide.

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