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Remote car starters discourage car thieves during winter

Posted at 5:22 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 18:22:31-05

These little fobs may be the key to keeping thieves from taking off with your ride.

Police in Omaha and La Vista say they see a rise in stolen cars every winter as commuters thaw out their vehicles.

"We always suggest if you're going to warm the car up you can invest in a remote system," Capt. Bryan Waugh said.

Remote systems range from $300 to $700.

"Remote starters allow you to control the vehicle from a remote and you don't have to go out to the car to start the vehicle and there's not a key actually in the car on 90 percent of remote starts," Stereo West AutoToys general manager Chris Burroughs said.

So if someone busts into your car, they can't go anywhere.

"If they don't have the push to start car keys or physical key to start--as soon as they brake it will shut the car off," Burroughs said.

Police say it doesn't matter where you are-- thieves don't stick to one part of town.

"You just have to be aware of your surroundings no matter what," Capt. Waugh said. "Whether we're talking about cars or shopping season. there's all kind of opportunities we want to avoid giving anyone who's willing to steal your car, packages or anything."

Omaha Police reported at least one stolen car Monday.