Idle thoughts

Local car theft fact of the day, from an Albany Police Department press release: "Almost half of vehicles stolen in the City of Albany were left unlocked." The APD is warning people to not leave leave their cars running unattended this winter. Because someone else might drive off with it. Also, not mentioned by the APD, but worth noting: an idling car is an inefficient car.

APD: Motor Vehicle Theft Awareness
As the cold weather approaches, The Albany Police Department is reminding drivers to "Take Your Keys With You!"
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States every 26.4 seconds, leading to 1,192,809 motor vehicles being stolen last year. Many vehicles are stolen at locations such as convenience stores, gas stations, and ATM's. Many are stolen as a result of drivers leaving their vehicle running unattended or leaving the keys inside.
The Albany police would like to offer the following prevention tips in regards to stolen vehicles:
+ Never leave your vehicle running unattended, even if it's only for a few minutes. This includes warming it up due to inclement weather.
+ Always lock your vehicle. Almost half of vehicles stolen in the City of Albany were left unlocked.
+ Don't hide a second set of keys in your vehicle.
+ Park in attended lots or well lit areas.
+ Invest in Anti-Theft devices such as a remote car starters, alarm systems, or ignition kill switches.
Leaving you vehicle running unattended does not only put you at risk of having your vehicle stolen, it is also against the law. Those who leave their vehicle running unattended are subject to a traffic summons under 1210 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Comments

People who are stupid enough to leave their cars running and unlocked deserve to get them stolen. So dumb!!

You could also be sued for negligence if someone hits someone else with your stolen car. Not wise.

The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a twenty five foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this really is|this truly is} entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

The 1 Monument Square project is off (again)

The development company behind the latest effort to build on the 1 Monument Square site in downtown Troy announced Friday that it's pulling out of... (more)

Blooming tulips, before and after

It's prime tulip season, so we put together another around of "sliding" before-and-after photos of the tulip beds in Washington Park. The pre-bloom photos are... (more)

Coyotes and their exciting opportunities

From the state Department of Environmental Conservation's annual heads-up-there-are-coyotes-here-please-don't-feed-them announcement (emphasis added): "In most cases, coyotes avoid people as much as possible. In fact, coyotes... (more)

Death Wish Coffee Vodka

The latest local beverage collaboration: Albany Distilling Company and Death Wish Coffee have teamed up to create a coffee-flavored vodka. And there's a release party... (more)

Recycled funk: Those stinky trees

Because of the #518funk situation this morning (which, we must say, we did not detect) -- and the season generally -- we figured it's a... (more)

Recent Comments

I know why I take the bus more - because it's easier to take now! Busplus from Schenec to Albany gives me a nice relaxing ride and I can do work or read my book, I basically gain an extra hour of my life. Can't wait for the navigator cards to ramp up. Much better than those ten trips.

Blooming tulips, before and after

...has 1 comment, most recently from Julie

Recycled funk: Those stinky trees

...has 4 comments, most recently from Jamie

Birding in Washington Park

...has 4 comments, most recently from Nancy

A big bucket of water for a big fire

...has 1 comment, most recently from Rob

Another year of record-high CDTA bus ridership

...has 11 comments, most recently from Rich