Do you leave your keys in your car?

@dizzblnd (3073)
United States
April 28, 2008 5:45pm CST
I was responding to a friends post HI LORI!! , and as happens with most of us, that gets you thinking about a similar discussion. She had posted about leaving your car door unlocked when going in to a store "for a sec" I am going one step further. Do you leave your keys in your car when running into a store? Here in Florida, a lot of police officers are given the go ahead to ticket you if you do this. Why? Because, if your car is "stolen" (although the thief sees it as borrowing because you made it so easy for them), they waste precious resources, time and money tracking down your car, arresting the thief and everything that goes along with it. Do you think this is a good idea? I do. I would much rather have law enforcement out looking for murderers, rapists, child molesters and all the other bad people, rather that looking for someones car because they were stupid enough to leave the keys in it.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Apr 08
no, I sure do not leave my keys in the car when I leave it unless my teen is in there wanting to listen to some music while I run into the store... or if by my absentmindedness I leave them in - and lock them inside!
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I will do the same for the teen.. because God-forbid they should be seen with us. But I will make sure they lock themselves in until I get back
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• United States
28 Apr 08
Luckily, my car has the "Smart Key", therefore I dont actually have to put the key in to crank it. I just keep the remote in my purse and hit the button to start it. They will not get far without the remote to it.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
28 Apr 08
Smart Key Brilliant! I need one of those!
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Apr 08
Heck no. I grew up in LA. You don't leave keys in the car even in a good neighborhood. No way!
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I can only imagine what a horrible idea that is. thank you
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I do not leave the keys in and the car running! It is also a waste of gas.
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
28 Apr 08
at at the price of gas... who can afford it!
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
28 Apr 08
That's right! Turn it off it is going to take more than a minute!
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@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Well I'm from Canada... and yeah the keys get left in the far all the time. Things never locked unless it's loaded up with expensive stuff. And no often it gets left running for longer than 'just a second' to run into the store, but that's how most people do things out here. Lot's of things that run on diesel and when idling are good enough on fuel it doesn't hurt to leave them like that for a couple hours.
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@elmiko (6640)
• United States
29 Apr 08
No, even though I live in a town where the crime is low I try to play it safe.
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@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
29 Apr 08
no way do i ever leave my keys in the car. i always lock my doors too. i am not very trusting and there is good reason not to be trusting. even if i pull up to a mailbox and need to just get out to mail a letter i take the keys out of the ignition. usually my son is with me in the back seat and God forbid some freak jumps in to carjack the car with my son in it i would never forgive myself. so i am very cautious.
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• United States
29 Apr 08
I am guilty of leaving my key in the ignition with my car running if I have my oldest child in the car. I take the key with the alarm with me and arm the system so that if the door opens either from the outside or the inside the alarm will go off. But I would never leave an empty car running unattended even for a minute. I'm all for ticketing people for stupidity. Florida! Next I would like tickets to be given to workers at fast food places for asking "is that for here or to go" when you order a family sized meal and you are the only person standing at the counter!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
29 Apr 08
We live in a very small town, so yes. I don't drive (don't wanna) but my fiance does and he leave the keys in the car if we are at a friends house. If we are at a store, we won't though. No one steals anything here, you just don't see crime here. So, we don't worry about whether the keys are in the car or not.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Apr 08
dizzblnd oh no you never leave your keys in the car here in southern California because it would be out of the state before you could even blink. I thinkthat is a great law to ticket people who are that careless because then the cops can be out chasingcrooks instead of car thieves.
• United States
29 Apr 08
Regardless of what happens, your car was stolen. Even if you leave the keys in the car, the law is entitled to finding the suspect and your car, even if it's not in one piece. That's just how it is supposed to work. I for one do not leave my keys in my car. I may leave them in the car for a moment when I am at home, but I do not make a habit out of it and usually the car is within my view if I leave my keys in it.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I would never leave my keys in the car.. Even if the car were found quickly, it would still be a great inconvenience to you before it was found.. I also like to think that the cops are doing their job hunting the really bad, bad guys, and not wasting their time looking for my car which I knew better than to leave the keys in it.. Leaving them in the car really is an open invitation.. I don't leave anything to chance and if they want our car, they are going to have to work for it..
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@Erratic (724)
• Australia
5 Jun 08
There are some communites here where you get fined if you don't lock the car. Obviuosly, they have had vehicle theft [problems to go to that length. It's a small community where I am so I never bother to lock, but I always remove the keys.
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 Jun 08
There have been a lot of thefts. Mostly its the easy target (people leaving the car running "just for a second" while in the store) I haven't seen any reports recently about whether or not the strategy is working to deter people from doing this
@Erratic (724)
• Australia
5 Jun 08
Hey! There's a tip for budding car theives. Take a car that is running, at least that way you know there's some petrol in it :)
@shaggin (36845)
• United States
12 May 08
I dont leave keys in my car when I am home because I dont want someone to get my keys and be able to gain access to my home. When I am out if their is nothing valuable to lock up then I dont bother to lock my doors or remove my keys. I think it is ridiculous for cops to give tickets for people leaving the keys in their cars! I would refuse to pay that fine for sure! Granted they have to take time to track down the car that was stolen it doesnt make it ok for someone to steal your car and the persons car that was stolen should not be punished for what some criminal does.
@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
5 May 08
I have left my keys in my car but do not think that anyone could have stolen the car as my car door, at that time, was locked and I was in need of someone to get it out of the car for me. I still remember the first time I did this. I grabbed my camera bag, as I was going to do an article on someone and take their picture, and left my purse with my car keys in it locked inside the car. I looked for a locksmith, looked for a hanger, etc. but I could not find anyone or anything to help me. I had friends in the police and fire departments then as I was covering that beat for the newspaper. I called the police. They referred me to the fire department. I called and talked with a fire prevention person that I knew, someone who drove around in a little white car. I asked if she could help me. I then waited for help expecting that someone would come to assist me in a white car. I was surprised to see a large ladder fire truck drive up with its siren on. I was so embarrassed. I was even more embarrassed when the captain recognized me and said, "Oh it's you" and suddenly decided to have a bit of fun with me. He grabbed his fire axe and pretended that he was going to hit my car door with it. Next he and another fireman grabbed their slim jims and raced to see who could open up my car door first. One did it and handed me my purse with the keys inside it. Then they relocked my door and tried to get their speed up in opening the door as it had become a training exercise. I now have the Auto Club membership to assist me just in case this happens again. The only time that I would ever leave my key in the car would be at a gas station when I am racing to put my number in an prepay cash to get gas and then I have the car in sight and hope that I would be able to get there fast enough to prevent any theft. I normally owuld not leave my keys in my car without myself or a friend being in it as it just does not seem wise to do so.
• United States
5 May 08
I have never left my keys in the car. That is a good way to get your car stolen. I also lock my car even when I am just running into a store for a sec. That is all it takes to have your car stolen.