With more bone-chilling temperatures in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Police Department is again reminding drivers NOT to leave their cars running with keys in the ignition and unattended. Not only is it illegal, but MPD has continued to see these types of auto thefts increase as the temperatures decrease. There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of losing your car to an opportunistic thief:
· STAY WITH THE CAR. It’s better to be cold for a few minutes in your car while it warms up than to be left in the cold while the thief drives it away.
· LOCK THE DOORS. Use a spare set of keys to lock the car after starting it.
· GET A REMOTE STARTER. Remote starters are the safest, and only legal way to keep your car running while unattended. With the keys out of the ignition, a thief can’t even put the car in gear.
· BUY A CLUB: Lock the steering wheel with a “Club” to discourage thieves from targeting your car.
Citizens calling Milwaukee’s non-emergency line currently hear a public service announcement about the dangers of leaving a car running in the cold. Click on ”PSA Recording” to listen to it.