Are More Cars Stolen In Winter?

December 9, 2010

Are there more car thefts in winter than in summer? According to Cars.com, yes.

The website reports that a simple reason accounts for the increase: people love warm cars and while they're warming up those vehicles, car thieves attack. This is the opposite of crimes in general, which are up in the summer and lower in the winter, according to Larry Siegel, a professor of criminal justice and criminology at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, who spoke to the website.

Cars.com points to a string of stolen vehicles in Minnesota and Texas that have taken place in driveways and day-care centers. Shopping centers, gyms, theaters and other places where people leave their vehicles unattended in order for them to warm up seem to be high-risk areas.

College students are at high risk as well, as many leave their vehicles unattended. Even if the car happens to be locked, windows can easily be broken. It’s advisable to sit inside the vehicle while it warms up.

The Austin Post-Bulletin told the website that many insurance companies won’t cover owner negligence and this includes leaving the vehicle in order to let it warm up. 

[Cars.com]

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