January 24, 2020
There have been an alarming amount of vehicle thefts with a common theme, key fobs. As people park their vehicles at gas pumps and step out of the vehicle, another vehicle will bump into the rear of their vehicle. Though it may appear unintentional at first, this is a strategy to lure the driver to the vehicle that struck theirs. While distracted by the fender bender, another person jumps into their vehicle and takes off.
How is this possible if the engine is off? Automatic start in newer vehicles. It’s these newer vehicles that are being targeted the most.
This is reportedly happening to women more often than men. Whereas men generally keep their key fobs in a pocket, women often have theirs in a purse or bag in the front seat. With the key fob still in the vehicle, it can easily be stolen.
If your vehicle has a key fob for starting your engine, please be conscious of where you are keeping it. It is recommended to keep it in your pocket or coat at all times when leaving your vehicle. All it takes is a few seconds for thieves to make their move. Be safe, everyone!