In a quiet area of Birmingham you wouldn’t expect six cars to be stolen in only thirty minutes, but that’s exactly what happened last week.
It appears that thieves got their opportunity due to a particularly cold morning where there had been a frost, and as you are no doubt aware, when this happens drivers very often leave their cars unattended with the motor running in order to defrost.
Well, a gang of thieves in Birmingham were obviously ready for this, and in a crime rampage that has never been seen before they proceeded to steal six cars in thirty minutes where the drivers had left their vehicles unattended with the keys in the ignition and the engines running.
That is a car stolen every five minutes in just one area. It just goes to show that criminals do keep up to date with the weather forecast.
Police are reporting that this type of vehicle theft has started to become more common over the last few winters, mainly due to the fact it’s just so easy for a thief to take off with the vehicle, especially when it is early in the morning and the owner is not paying full attention.
This has led to Police forces all around the country to issue warnings to car owners to be more careful during cold weather and to not leave their car unattended with the engine running to defrost.
Not only could you come back out of the house to find an empty space where the vehicle used to be, but you might also find it difficult to make a claim on your car insurance under such circumstances.
Ultimately, it really does depend on your own car insurance policy and what the conditions are, but there is no doubt that many insurance providers won’t pay out if you willingly left the car running with the keys in the ignition, and then went back in the house to have a cup of tea.
My opinion? Stay with your car at all times. It really is as simple as that. Sure, it might be freezing outside and you don’t like the idea of sitting in the car while the ice melts, but at the end of the day it’s better to be cold for five minutes and then still have your car so you can get on with your day, rather than to be left catching the bus.
I’m not sure if the majority of drivers are going to listen to me though. Research has found that two fifths of British motorists leave their car with the engine running when they have an icy screen. However, the best way to do it is with a can of de-icer and a scraper, which means you are with the car at all times.