Leave the keys, lose the car!

A car was reported stolen every 45 seconds last year. Of those, one out of eight was easy for thieves because the keys were left in the vehicle.

A recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reveals thefts of vehicles with keys has increased 31 percent.From 2013 through 2015, a total of 147,434 vehicles were reported stolen with the keys left in the vehicle. In 2013, there were 43,643 thefts; 46,695 thefts in 2014 and 57,096 in 2015.

Don’t give thieves a free ride or an invitation to burglarize your home. NICB advises drivers to:

· Lock the vehicle, set the alarm and take all keys or key fobs.