As the weather gets colder, many drivers want to "warm up" their vehicle, often leaving their car unattended with the keys in the ignition. Car thieves use this as an opportunity to steal.
- Avoid leaving or hiding spare keys in your vehicle.
- It is illegal to leave your keys in the ignition with the engine running and vehicle left unattended. Doing this can result in a fine of up to $140. However, it is legal to leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running IF you use a remote start device.
- Some insurance companies will not cover your vehicle if it is stolen when the keys were in the ignition.
- Report all suspicious activity, suspicious persons, and suspicious vehicles to the Odessa Police Department.