- Car Safety & Safe Driving
Autotheft and you, what's new
The key to auto theft
If you take a moment to think about it, modern cars are harder to steal with security keys, factory anti-theft, and passive anti-theft electronics build into the car. The work around for this difficulty as seen by thieves is to break in to your home or business and get the keys.
This week I was a victim of this very scenario. A thief kicked in the door of my business, grabbed every key then found a match to a truck in the parking lot. My truck was then used in another crime moments later.
I had worked myself into a position of complacency because I had a locked key box. Well, the key box might have slowed down the burglar, but not by much. Actually, the key box altered the intruder where the keys were.
The key box is now in the dumpster, and keys are removed from the premises every night. I added a few no keys on site warnings just for good measure.
This new demand for key security should be taken into account for the home as well. Leaving car keys in plain sight could increase your risk of auto theft.