Car Starting Safety

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A Bowling Green man is behind bars for stealing two cars on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007. The catch is, the two cars were being left unattended to warm up from the morning's cold weather.

Twenty-one year old Daniel Nunez is charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking.

Police say he stole a 1990 GMC pickup truck Thursday morning from Jennings Drive in Bowling Green around 7:45 a.m. and a 1991 Infinity from Walnut Way around 8:45 a.m.

Police received a call reporting a suspicious person on Russellville Road. They searched Nunez and found the Infinity car keys on him and he was arrested.

This happens quite a bit in the winter nationwide. When it gets cold, thieves usually look for cars warming up in driveways and parking lots.

Angela Lyle said she always lets her car defrost in the mornings.

"I start it up for a couple of minutes while I’m getting ready for work and everything and come back out when I’m ready to go,” Lyle said.

James England said he always defrosts his car during cold weather.

"It's just nice when you start to drive and have a nice warm car especially when it's cold like it is right now,” England said.

It may be nice but warming up your car makes it an easy target to have stolen when it's running.

"It seems like it would be an easy target especially for the criminals who want to steal a car and take off with it,” England said.

Police say starting your car ahead of time and leaving it unattended isn't necessarily the safest idea if your doors aren’t locked.

"Be able to watch your car. There's also products available for your automobile which lets you start it remotely from inside the house but would allow the vehicle to still be locked, no key in the ignition, still rendering it unable to be stolen,” Bowling Green Police Officer Barry Pruitt said.

It is also recommended to get an extra key for your car for days when it needs to be warmed up ahead of time.

"I have two sets of keys, my spare key I use to start the car and then lock my car,” England said.

While officers say cars being stolen while they are warming up isn't a problem we see too often, it still isn't something to ignore.

"It could potentially happen as cold weather sets in and people want to go out and get into a warm car in the morning,” Officer Pruitt said.

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