Are you handing your keys to car thieves? 59



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Security on cars may have improved out of sight, but thieves have adapted quickly, finding a way around the challenge – and, as this new report shows, many of us need to drop a simple habit to ensure the safety of our vehicle.

According to the latest Car Security Index, by the RACQ, car thieves are continuing to target cars that are parked at homes, and more than quarter of vehicles that were stolen in the past year were taken from people’s driveways.

The new tactic by car thieves involves breaking into people’s homes, swiping their keys and taking off with their car.

“The continuing high rate of theft from driveways is being driven by overall improvements in car security forcing thieves to directly target keys,” said Insurance Communications executive manager Mike Sopinski.

This particular crime has increased compared to last year – and experts say it’s largely our fault. Dropping our keys on the hall table, leaving them on the kitchen bench or in a handbag out in the open is simply inviting thieves to steal your car.

“A staggering 44.8 per cent of people admit they don’t always secure their car keys while at home. Motorists really need to treat their keys like cash,” said MrSopinski.

The report also found shopping centre car parks were a prime location for car thieves.

Tell us, do you leave your keys out in the open or put them away when you get home? Will this report make you change your ways? And have you ever had a car stolen? What did you learn from the incident?


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  1. We hade one car stolen in Perth, exactly this way.

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  2. Wake Up People You Always Keep Your Car & House Keys With You At All Time’s ALWAYS WITH YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Ummm IF they are already IN your home to take the keys left out on bench etc,what is the good of hiding said keys they have your whole house to steal from.

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    • These blokes are usually only after cars, (often to special order). The last thing they want to do is encumber themselves with a lot of TV’s, jewellery, etc. It’s a case of in – find the keys – get out again, and off in your car, to somewhere where it will get new plates, etc., and be sold on!

  4. Our keys are put on a key stand. If someone breaks in then they’ve got more choices in what to pinch other than our two bombs.
    They also have to get past our viscous dog. Lol

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    • Paint those black bits tan and she looks a lot like my late lamented Josephine Rose. I gave her a posh name so she wouldn’t know she came from the pound.

    • Mine makes so much noise they’d probably not even drop in. Simply wouldn’t be worth it. He’s not vicious, he’s just loud, very loud and owns the street. People seem to hurry past. It must be because he’s such a small dog and thinks he has to act as a rottweiler.

    • I have been bitten three times in my adult life First by a greyhound and the second and third time You guessed it By a couple of these foxies lol

  5. Keys in the house and doors locked. Really what more should we have to do? Lock our car keys in a safe!

  6. We have decided to leave our dogs loose in the house at night now instead of locking them up. Stealing anything is rife in our town. They will go through your car in the yard looking for money, even when you are home and a few feet away. I never used to lock my car, because it’s a bomb and never has much petrol in it ( they won’t get too far, if they steal it) then I realised I had an expensive car seat in it, for my Grandaughter. Now I lock it.

  7. We fell prey to scumbags back in June. They broke in, stole all our keys and cards from the kitchen bench then stole 2 cars from our carport, all while we slept only metres away.
    A lesson learned – now all keys are with us all the time, all door locks changed and double locked, security light in carport etc. So we learned the hard way. Fortunately we were insured and the company were great. It cost us little financially (a $250 excess) but all took time to recover and get over the fact that some low lives invaded our space and could indeed have killed us while we slept

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