Leading Cause Of Car Theft In Florida Town: Keys Left In Car
When St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster told a crowd at a mayoral forum that 60 percent of auto thefts in the city were due to drivers leaving keys inside the car, people were shocked. Politifact investigated the claim and found the mayor's estimate was indeed way off.*sigh*
Of the 551 cars stolen in St. Petersburg so far this year, 460 had the keys either in the ignition or somewhere else in the vehicle.
That's 83 percent of vehicles stolen in the city.
I will often come home to find one or more doors to the house unlocked. This is a direct result of having children who, because of the way their still-developing nervous systems operate, cannot open a door without forgetting that it ever existed in the first place. It's along the same lines of how they are physically incapable of turning *off* a light or flushing a toilet. It's amazing that we've progressed as far as we have as a species. Anyways, I will unfailingly remind my wee bairns that YOU HAVE TO LOCK THE DAMN DOOR - every single time - just so I can remind them again the next day.
In a way, they're doing me a favor, because I always check the doors - always. I also lock the doors whenever I leave the house for more than a few seconds. Lots of folks scoff, but recently there was a rash of robberies where people just walked into a house and grabbed whatever was in plain sight in the middle of the downstairs floor. Laptops, flatscreen TVs, game consoles, jewelry, cash - there's a lot of fairly valuable stuff just sitting around most houses (we have a protective layer of Lego caltrops surrounding the perimeter, so we're pretty well protected).
Leaving the keys in the car, though; that's a whole new level of dumb. I thought my inlaws were bad because they never locked their car (even after my father-in-law had his car stolen because it was unlocked) - their thinking was they never left anything of value in the car, and they'd rather have the car unlocked than have the window smashed. Leaving the keys inside the car, though? Or worse - in the ignition? That's just asking for something bad to happen - even if that "something bad" is one of your friends hopping in and playfully moving your car on you. With the friends we have, it would be found in Terra del Fuego.
Situational awareness: GET SOME.
That is all.