Unattended Cars Stolen – How to Protect Your Car

by Heather Platt | Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2019

In some states, leaving your car unattended in idle is illegal. Plenty of speculation surrounds this common law, but the most logical reason why it’s illegal is to protect car owners from theft or other dangers. You might, at some point, find yourself needing to leave your car alone with the keys in the ignition. In this case, you’ll need to find a way to protect your vehicle while it sits perfectly waiting for someone to come by and steal the vehicle. 

How to Protect Your Car

Car Thefts and Unattended Cars 

During the winter, the rate of car thefts increases. This is because people want to walk out to a warm car. Starting the car, blasting the heater, and retreating to the warmth of your home is a great way to have a car ready to drive during the dead of winter. This is less time trapped inside a freezer and more time sitting on top of your home’s furnace.

However, this makes your car a perfect target for car theft. Per online traffic school, when a car goes unattended with the keys in the ignition, anyone can hope in for a joy ride. So, knowing how to protect your car and how to get AAA roadside assistance and towing during the winter months will keep you from being left out in the cold. 

Keep an Eye on it  

The most rudimentary method of ensuring your car’s protection while unattended is by keeping an eye on it. This is a simple way to double check on your car’s safety. To do this, when you’re inside your home, don’t let the car out of your sight. Someone won’t snatch your ride knowing that people are nearby and watching. 

Lock the Doors with a Spare Key 

If you have a spare key, you can lock your car while it’s in idle. You’ll have two keys on you, so you can use one start the car and the other to lock and unlock the car doors. This isn’t the best method, but it will help you walk out to a warm car that’s protected. Just make sure you have a spare key before locking your keys in your car. Locking your keys in your car while it’s in idle is like stealing your own vehicle. 

Automatic Car Starter Key Fob  

You can always invest in a remote car starter. These handy devices hang from your key fob and will start your car from a distance. That way you can unlock and lock your car while it’s running and unattended. All you have to do is point and click from the warmth of your bed and, by the time you get to your car, you’ll be sitting in a winter sauna. It’s like having a spare key, but without the need to carry two keys. 

Place a Mannequin in the Driver’s Seat

People won’t steal a car if someone is sitting in the vehicle. But, how do you put a person in the car without subjecting them to the cold temperatures? Great question. Here’s the answer. Purchase a mannequin, dress them up, and place them in the driver’s seat of the car. That’s how you deter a thief from picking up your car. All they will see is the dark figure of, what looks like, a person in the car. The best part of all, you can dress up the mannequin in a snazzy outfit. But this might be more weird than efficient. 

Install a Steering Wheel Lock  

This method will prevent people from stealing your car, but it won’t prevent them from getting inside. A steering wheel lock is a device that locks your steering wheel. This makes the car impossible to drive, because the steering wheel will be locked in place. Drivers won’t be able to turn the wheel, without removing the lock, which would require a key. Like mentioned prior, this doesn’t prevent them from taking the keys from the ignition or other items inside the car.

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