Cold weather coming soon, remote car starters recommended
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - The weather outside might be warm right now, but that's going to change soon. Freezing temperatures are expected next week and with that in mind police have a warning for you. If you like to start your car and leave it running unattended as it warms up with the keys inside, think twice.
"This is the time of year when auto thefts are on the rise," said the Omaha Police Department's Erin Payne. "It's because some people get cold, there was a warm car and they used it to their advantage."
To combat these kinds of thefts, Bob Dixon of Omaha Glass Pro advocates remote car starters.
"If you've had a remote start before, you're always going to want to have it on another vehicle," said Dixon.
For Dixon, the remote start offers peace of mind. He can start his truck as he's walking to it. Nobody can drive away with it if they tried.
"If they were to get in the car, as soon as they try to take the car out of gear, when they press their foot on the brake it shuts it off. They can't take the car at all."
For Dixon, there's really no excuse to leave keys in your car in this day and age. As technology advances, there's even a remote start cell phone app and plenty of settings to choose from.
"Having one [a remote starter] also helps get the engine running and the oil going."
If you think leaving your car running unattended is a bad idea, leaving it running unattended with a child in there is even worse. In Nebraska, it's illegal to do it. State law says it's considered child abuse and neglect for anyone under the age of six to be in that situation.