A SAFETY expert has uncovered a common mistake Brits make when it’s cold.
Locksmith Elizabeth Johns said drivers often leave their keys in the car to heat it up before getting in to drive away.
While it might seem like “common sense,” Elizabeth said countless engines are stolen by random thieves who take advantage of this.
The expert urged Brits not to wrap their cars as gifts for crooks as temperatures plummet to a jaunty -2C later this week.
Elizabeth, company director at Locksmith L&E Ltd, told the Sun: “It seems like common sense but I’m guilty – I’m sure we all are.
“In colder weather, we run cars to warm them up. And you wouldn’t believe how many cars are stolen this way.
“You think right, the car is in my driveway, it’s safe, it only takes five minutes.
“If a thief happens to walk by, he can see that the car is moving, he can see the hot steam coming out of the back of the car, he can see that nobody is in that car.
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“It’s such an easy, quick steal. They literally wrap a car as a gift for her.”
Elizabeth also said many Brits might assume a drop in temperature – and more time spent indoors – means burglars will avoid breaking in.
But that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth – and burglars are out and about, whatever the weather.
A lesser-known mistake Brits make during the colder months is taking out the rubbish.
When it’s cold, homeowners don’t want to stand outside and tear up large boxes before throwing them in the trash.
Instead, these empty boxes — which are often branded for expensive items like TVs or game consoles — are propped against the trash can.
This shows burglars what expensive and desirable items are to be found in the house – making your belongings a target, Elizabeth explained.
She added: “In the summer it’s very easy to go to your bin and put boxes in it.
“But in colder weather, a lot of people don’t want to go all the way to the bins to rip open boxes to throw in the bin.
“So they leave out boxes that have high-value item markers on them.
“Any high value items that come in big boxes can be quite a hassle to tear up and throw in the bin in colder weather.
“But it’s important to make sure that these kinds of things are hidden [from burglars].
“Because it means burglars know: These are the high-value items that are in this house and that’s what we’re going to target.”
Elizabeth previously shared three simple tips to follow once you’ve done this Lost car keys.
She revealed it too Five reasons why burglars target your home and how to stop them.
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