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Coffee stops prove costly as 57,906 lose car as keys left behind



Criminals have found an easy workaround for new anti-theft devices in cars. They just wait for drivers to leave the key or fob inside.

The number of “freebie” vehicle thefts in the U.S. climbed 22 percent in 2015 to 57,096, according to a statement today from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The group, which is dedicated to preventing industry losses, is seeking to highlight the risks of leaving keys unattended, even for a brief stretch as the driver runs for a cup of coffee or warms up the car on a cold morning. The risk can be compounded when people leave personal forms inside, as thieves have used the information to drive to victims’ unattended homes and steal more.

“Anti-theft technology has had a tremendous impact on reducing thefts over the past 25 years, but if you don’t lock it up, it’s not going to help,” NICB President Joe Wehrle said in the statement. “Complacency can lead to a huge financial loss and inconvenience.”

The group advises motorists to photograph their registration and other paperwork with their mobile phone and not leave such documents in a vehicle. Also garage-door openers shouldn’t be left inside.

The 57,096 figure is based on a national crime database and probably understates the scope of the problem. That’s because many people may not admit to leaving their cars unlocked with the keys inside, the NICB said.

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With more and more cars going keyless entry / start you wont need the key as they just sit and wait for the code to be sent to them .

And its easily done with a laptop / adapter and some software .
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Love my coffee.

But my keys go where I go.

After reading that, it's time to get a piercing to hook my key on.
The only sure way to be secure.

Nose ring with an SLK hanging off it!

Tim (Woz53) will have to work to picture that one.

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Growing up in Mississippi in the 50's, everyone left their home unlocked and their keys in the car at all times. Someone might really have a real need for the car.
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Growing up in Mississippi in the 50's, everyone left their home unlocked and their keys in the car at all times. Someone might really have a real need for the car.
Sadly times have changed and its all about money / greed now
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Suspect a fair percentage of those thefts happen when it's over 90ş F or below freezing. I've seen more than a few cars left running outside convenience stores on days like that while the owner shopped. Illegal in most places, but folks still do it.
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Keys left in cars .......
Are a gold mine for insurance companies as a get out claim cause
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