Winter arrived early this year as Ontarians woke up to a blanket of snow all around them. Unfortunately for one GTA driver, the cold weather brought some bad luck along with it. The Markham driver experienced a warm-up theft of their car this frigid morning and people on Twitter are responding ruthlessly.
Police are now warning drivers to be cautious when warming their cars up in the cold winter weather. In fact, just last month, York Regional Police warned that warm-up thefts were starting to plague the city as temperatures started to get cooler.
A warm-up theft is when someone leaves their car on unattended in their driveway so it can heat up, which often leads to someone stealing it. Warm-up thefts have been on the rise all over Canada this winter. The newest warm-up theft is a black BMW X6 with license plate CHJD330, according to York Regional Police. It was stolen at around 11:30 a.m. this morning when the driver left it running unattended in the driveway.
Now, it seems that Twitter users are blaming the owner for not taking precautions to protect the vehicle, especially after police warned people about the rise of warm-up thefts.
Since this has been a known issue for many, people in the comments on Twitter are not feeling bad for this morning's unlucky driver, and are sharing some harsh opinions.
WARM-UP THEFT - This is what a driveway looks like after a warm car becomes a hot car. A black BMW X6 that was warm… https://t.co/Tp5WL9ZVS6— York Regional Police (@York Regional Police) 1573145251.0
"It’s straight up negligence that leads to wasting police resources and higher insurance rates," one user wrote."Stupid to leave the keys it running, just stupid," wrote another.
@YRP Stupid to leave the keys it running, just stupid. Do these cars not come with remote start? And besides that i… https://t.co/uYVtai27Ii— 🇨🇦 Lori 🐕🐕🐕💜 😷 (@🇨🇦 Lori 🐕🐕🐕💜 😷) 1573146846.0
@YRP Why don't folks listen to police advice or is it that they don't hear this info. Maybe this warnings should be… https://t.co/itoHZz1JCT— Wabu 🇨🇦🌍 (@Wabu 🇨🇦🌍) 1573145540.0
@YRP I wonder if insurance companies stopped paying for these people's negligence and carelessness if it would stop… https://t.co/SO41vRq86F— Brent Clayton (@Brent Clayton) 1573145929.0
@bdc30 @YRP It’s straight up negligence that leads to wasting police resources and higher insurance rates.— Montgomery Bojangles (@Montgomery Bojangles) 1573146690.0
Let's be honest, no one expects this to happen to them, especially if you live on a quiet street. The reality, however, is that it happens all the time.
York Regional Police issues a warning to prevent car thefts on their website. They say that you should never leave your vehicle unattended.
If you must warm up your car ahead of time, they advise that you lock up the vehicle and keep a spare key with you, or simply invest in a keyless remote starter. You can also invest in ignition or fuel kill switches, car alarms or tracking devices. The full list of precautions you can take can be found here.