WINNIPEG — An obvious warning from Manitoba Public Insurance — protect your keys.
The public auto insurer says with colder temperatures, many drivers may leave their vehicles running while warming up or running into a store.
In 90 percent of stolen vehicle cases, access to keys was a factor.
“Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. Leaving keys in the ignition is no longer an acceptable practice. A running, unattended vehicle is an open invitation to an auto thief. Take away the opportunity and we can all do our part in reducing crime,” said Satvir Jatana, vice-president, employee and community engagement, MPI.
MPI says auto thefts cost the Crown corporation and its ratepayers approximately $10 million annually.
MPI suggests drivers treat their car keys the same way you would treat your cell phone or wallet.
- Never leave your vehicle unlocked, unattended or running (even if it’s just for five minutes!)
- Don’t leave your keys in your vehicle
- Always remember to lock your vehicle
- Park your vehicle in a well-lit area
- Avoid hanging your keys by the door – put them in a safe, out-of-sight place