Tips to prevent vehicle theft, experts say incidents rise as temperatures drop


MARYLAND – Are you guilty of leaving your car unattended to warm up as those temperatures drop?

One local advocacy group wants to remind you of the dangers of vehicle theft.

The Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council says practicing vehicle theft prevention is important year-round, but it’s even more crucial now as there’s an increase in those incidents in the winter months.

Tips to keep in mind include not leaving your keys in the ignition and removing all valuables out of your car.

The council also tells 47ABC that in Maryland and nationwide there’s been an increase in thefts for owners of 2016-2021 Hyundai and 2011-2021 Kia models.

We’re told those models don’t include internal safety devices. “You’re going back to where you can steal these vehicles by popping the ignition and a lot of them are using the USB cable that folks leave in their car to charge their phones to start the car,” MD Vehicle Theft Prevention Council President Christopher McDonold said.

“Next to a house, it’s the second most expensive thing that we possess and that we purchase. So, you want to take care of that vehicle.”

McDonold also suggests purchasing security kits for your vehicles and parking in secured access lots.

If you’re an owner one of those Hyundai or Kia vehicles, he’s advises reaching out to the manufacturer for other options.

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