Cars Stolen with Children Alone Inside

KidsAndCars.org Car Theft PSA

In 2018, KidsAndCars.org documented nearly 200 children who were victims of being left alone inside a vehicle that was stolen.

Contrary to what many might believe, this is not a rare occurrence. And, it happens in even the safest of neighborhoods. Cars are stolen from convenience store parking lots and the driveways of homes most commonly. Another place thieves have been known to target are places like day care facilities where they know people leave items in the car to run inside.

Although the victims of these types of incidents typically survive, it is incredibly traumatizing for everyone involved. Can you even imagine having someone take off with your child in tow?

Thieves watch for vehicles to be left unattended with the keys inside. Most of the time, they don’t even realize that there is a child inside until after they have already stolen the vehicle.  What usually happens next is the children are abandoned on the side of the road or inside the stolen vehicle.

Incidents like this are very easily avoidable and a serious misuse of precious law enforcement resources.

Children and pets should never be left alone inside of a vehicle, not even for a minute. It only takes a few seconds for a car thief to jump into a vehicle and be gone. Remember, car thefts happen even in the safest neighborhoods. 

Drivers should also never warm their vehicles up in the driveway with the keys inside. These are crimes of opportunity. Some states have regulations that make idling a vehicle unattended against the law. Learn more.

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at 7:22 pm in category Uncategorized