ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Police warn drivers to make sure they have an extra set of car keys and lock their vehicles when they warm-up their cars on cold winter days.
Police say cars being stolen while they are warming up is a crime trend that always spikes this time of the year. They say a good way to avoid having your car stolen while it is getting warm is to make sure you have two sets of keys and lock your car while the key is in the ignition, using the extra set of keys to unlock the door when you are ready to drive.
According to police, majority of the time criminals walk up to a car and try a handle, if it is locked they move on to the next car.
“They want to do this as quickly as they can to get in and not be seen and get out and most of the time, unfortunately, that can be done in 10-15 seconds that they can be in and out and nobody sees anything next thing you know, you walk out, you’re a victim, your car’s been stolen, and you have no clue who or what just happened,” said Sgt. Brian Schellman.
According to crime statistics, 16 percent more cars were stolen last January than in January 2013.