Colder weather could put your car at risk

Leaving your car unlocked even for just a minute could put your valuables at risk

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The colder months are ahead of us and police are warning to keep an eye out for car thieves. 22News explains how to best keep your valuables secure.

Leaving your car unlocked even for just a minute could put your valuables at risk. It could happen in a matter of seconds; you becoming a victim of a car theft.

In the colder months, police say there are more thieves out looking for people who warm up their cars unlocked.  This is even more the case in public places.

Antoine Khinji of Montreal said, “There are personal things you don’t want to lose them. You don’t want lose your driving license or some other cards as well.”

You have credit cards, cash sometimes, so it’s very important to just lock it. Thefts can also happen when you’re at the gas station.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, many gas station customers leave their cars unlocked when they go into the convenience store or they’re pumping up gas, leaving their valuables like purses and wallets unattended in their cars.

Tom Nicholson of Albany, NY said, “I could see how it can happen. If you go into buy a drink or something to eat and you’re in there for 5 6 or 7 minutes, using the bathroom and you leave the car unlocked and the keys in there. It’s an easy opportunity for somebody.”

However, thefts at gas stations are preventable. The National Crime Prevention Council recommends to always take your keys with you and lock the doors while you are pumping gas. Be sure to Keep valuables out of plain view in your car and lock the doors even if you are going in and out of the store. Try to use well-lit gas stations when it’s dark out.

The National Crime Prevention Council also says it’s important to remember to be aware of your surroundings and not let your cell phone be a distraction.