Car thefts skyrocketing?

Cars stolen because keys left inside

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - According to a new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, car thieves are working overtime with more than 773,000 cars stolen in the U.S. in 2017 alone.

This new report finds driver carelessness is making things a lot easier for car thieves. According to FBI crime statistics, in 150,000 stolen car cases the thieves used keys the drivers left inside their vehicles. New keyless ignition technology means that if you leave your key fob in the car, thieves don’t have to hot-wire anything, they just hit the button and drive off.

Police say they’re seeing cars stolen after someone leaves their keys in a public place. All a thief has to do is pick up that key fob and hit the alarm button to see which car it belongs to before they steal it.

The Simply Money Point: Never leave your keys in the car, or out in the open in a public place. Lock your car doors and remove any valuables, too. Using one of those club-style anti-theft devices can help, too, by making your vehicle a less attractive target.

For a list of the cars most often targeted by car thieves, click or tap here.

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