According to Erie Police, this time of year, the rate of stolen cars increases, and the majority of those thefts are happening right under your noses. It's so simple to park your car and run into the convenient store for a quick buy, all the while your car's on, it's warm inside, and it's just waiting for someone to take it.
Every year Erie police conduct a "Lock It or Lose It" campaign, handing out warnings and fines to those who are caught leaving their running vehicle all alone. Many people are taking part in this illegal activity, but might not even realize it.
So, you're probably wondering, what about remote car starters?? Those are the exception, with a remote starter, your car remains locked and your keys aren't in the ignition, preventing someone from stealing it.
You could be facing a fine if you're caught by police leaving your car running and unattended, but if you're caught by someone searching for a quick steal, you're facing a much greater loss.