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Car thefts are a common occurrence in all parts of the world, However, the mode of theft and the way it is executed varies. On Monday, in the morning, a car thief drove away with a BMW in Eastern Colorado Springs, in the USA.
While stealing a BMW would usually require a lot of planning and equipment that can hack into the safety systems etc, this thief did not need to use any of them. He simply got into the car and drove away with it, as the owner had left the car turned on, to warm it up.
It is snowing pretty heavily in region at as it still is winter, and the owner of the car as usual left it running as usual to warm the engine up. The thief saw this as an opportunity and got into the car and drove it away.
The practice of idling a car in winter before driving away has been in practice probably since the time the first cars were manufactured. It is done to get the engine to optimal operating temperatures and to get the oil flowing freely, as oil thickens up in extreme winter. However, what looked like a good car maintenance practice, cost this man his BMW.
Car theft is something that at times cannot be avoided, and sometimes cars of high-profile personalities get stolen. The perfect example can be that of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Maruti Suzuki WagonR being stolen, or a Mercedes-Benz being stolen from a high-security luxury hotel.
Sometimes, it just helps to be alert and take precautions against car theft.
Car thieves are resorting to various methods and techniques to steal cars. This car thief though seems to have got it easy, with the engine started and the car empty. We hope others take this as a lesson and do not leave their cars alone with the engine running or the keys inside the car.