Keep the car running…

Over a hundred cars were stolen in the West Midlands last year after being left unattended whilst defrosting.

…or rather DON’T keep the car running. Yes, this is a very quick post pleading that you don’t ever, ever, ever even think about leaving your car running to let it defrost in the morning.

The reason that I’m so insistent is that we’ve already had vehicles taken this way in the West Midlands this winter season and last year over a hundred vehicles were taken by criminals simply sliding into the front seats of unattended cars and driving off with them.

Perhaps I wouldn’t mind so much if before doing so the criminals had been forced to dodge laser beams, hungry guard dogs and mean, neckless security guards but leaving the keys in the ignition is just too easy for them!

It’s also important to remember that you may find your insurance won’t pay out it your car is stolen in this way and furthermore that ‘quitting‘ – leaving your car unattended on a road with the engine running – is illegal.

Tell your family, tell your neighbours, even tell your pets don’t leave your car running to defrost – you may well find it runs off without you.

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