Car Theft: Are You Aiding an Opportunist Crime?

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 28th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Are you encouraging a potential car thief by the actions you take? Truth is too many people take too many risks leaving keys around for all to see and we must remember that we do not trust all those around us but all too often we leave the car keys out there ready for any opportunist thief to simply drive your car away, it is all to easy an opportunity.


Many years ago I heard a statistic that stated that the majority of car thefts occurred because the thief had opportunistically taken the keys either when visiting the person's home, their office space, etc. It is surprising how easy it is to get hold of a set of keys, people leave them on display at home, at work, and in variety of places, indeed this article is intended to make you think more about the keys you have and secure your assets more effectively, here are the common places you leave keys where you should not.

Think about it: outside of your house your car is the most valuable asset you own and you should take more steps to protect it.

Lock it or Lose it!

You would be surprised just how many people leave their care unlocked on the street. Take a look at this video

In the Garage

I remember speaking to someone once who admitted that they left their car keys in their car ignition in their garage because they could not forget where they were, of course they do forget that a garage is perhaps the least secure room on the house because determined bad-guys will find their way in. Truth is we often leave the garage door closed, but unlocked and many do not have proper locking mechanisms.

People often put key boxes in their garage, perhaps thinking that this is the next most convenient location for their keys, it may be convenient for you to store all the keys that are required around the house, including the keys to all the padlocks etc. but it is also convenient for the burglars operating a few feet away from your enjoyment, who can easily open the garage door, not only can they drive away with your car, but they can come back later to search the rest of the grounds.

Hallway Cabinet

Most of us have a table, sideboard, or other cabinet in the hallway to our homes and it is certainly useful when gathering those things we need before leaving in the morning, this is also the most likely dumping ground for you keys when you arrive home, trouble is most people are not always vigilant about locking doors behind them. Leave the keys there overnight and this is an ideal location for the opportunist thief, indeed they could actually sneak in while you are watching TV or even eating the family meal.

Once they have your keys then they can take the car at any time, just starting it and driving away, when you least suspect.

Many people have a key store or cabinet in their hallways, possibly the worst give away to the fact that you have valuables in the house, perhaps the thief can find their way to take everything when you least expect it. The only use for a key cabinet in the hallway is for use as a booby trap to catch the unsuspecting no-gooder and hand them over to the law.

On Your Desk at Work

Think about this for a moment, you may have to show an ID card to gain access to your workplace, but there are plenty of strangers around the office in any given day and some of these, sadly, are on the lookout for an opportunity to make an extra buck of two, having worked in an office for the majority of my life I have to say that the number of people who leave their keys on public display on the top of their desk is surprisingly high - particularly where their workspace is one of many in an open office environment. Take a walk around your office today and you will find a large number of keys, or other valuables, simply left on accessible desks, truth is we trust our colleagues, but the truth is anyone can be the opportunist thief and all they need is twenty minutes to move your car from the company car park to a convenient location and you will never be aware that it is missing until you return to your parking spot at 5pm, to find it filled by another car.

So you have your own office, behind a closed door - the truth is that unless you lock your office every time you are not there these offices are as prone to theft as any workstation (perhaps more so because the cars are more likely to be more valuable) and leaving your car keys on the desk or in the top drawer are an invitation to have it stolen.

Other places in the workplace that can become targets for the would be thief can for example be lockers in factories as the majority of these lockers are not guarded during shift times.

Think about Where you put Your Keys

It is all too easy to just put your car keys down in order to unburden your load and around the house or in the office when you should be thinking about the safe place to put your keys, your wallet, or your purse. Not everywhere is safe and remember this it is all too easy to leave the door open - we all do it when we have shopping to bring in or are working in the garden, it is then easy to go to bed leaving the door unlocked; giving an opportunity for the thief to come in and drive away with one of your most valuable assets, your family car. It is time to change how you think about the security of your property.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Very true. Safety and security are so important. I see people who have left their keys anywhere and I wonder how they function!!

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author avatar Trillionaire
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks for the great information.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Aug 2013 (#)

good piece indeed Peter great info for sure....

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
29th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you for the information, dont leave anything that can cathc the thieves attention. Also dont buya car thats popular among car thieves.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
29th Aug 2013 (#)

Very wise advice Peter .
Bless you

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author avatar M G Singh
29th Aug 2013 (#)

Good info and advise Peter

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author avatar Terry Trainor
29th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Peter.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
29th Aug 2013 (#)

Grat advice, Peter. You are right; we can't be too careful. I have also seen people with keys sitting on their desk, stuck in the ignition, etc. You are doing a good deed by writing this because you may actually prevent a car theft. Thanks again, Peter.

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Sep 2013 (#)

Nice advise, Peter

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author avatar Denise Salmon
10th Sep 2013 (#)

Excellent article, thanks for sharing

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