Post # 1
When you get home do you leave your keys in the ignition or do you remove them and bring them into the house? If you park in your garage vs. on the street what do you do?
I NEVER remove my keys from my ignition. My car and my SO’s car sit in our driveway for the world to see every night. We do live in a very rural area where most of our neighbors are my SO’s family. Everyone else I live near also keeps there keys in their cars. There have even been times where we have borrowed a family members car without their knowledge or permission for a quick trip to retrieve one of our vehicles or to run somewhere quickly. No one minds.
My bet is that most people who live in an urban area remove their keys and lock their car doors but I’m interested to see how many people are comfortable in their neighborhood enough to leave their cars open.
Post # 3
The title and the question you wrote inside would make you answer the poll differently – I almost voted the opposite of what I meant because I found it a little confusing – but the answer is that I always take my keys out and lock – UNLESS I want SO to unload something than I leave it open for his convenience 🙂
Post # 4
I’ve never left my keys in the ignition and the car is almost always locked. The only times I don’t lock the car is if I’m running inside for a minute.
Even during those times I leave the car unlocked I always take the keys with me. All my keys are on the same keychain so I’d have no way of getting in the house!
Post # 5
I park in a parking deck and I remove my keys and lock my car doors every time I come home.
Even when I’ve parked in the garage attached to a house, I remove the keys and lock the car door.
Post # 6
We park in our driveway and always lock our cars. I find it strange that you would leave your car unlocked, and with the keys in the ignition. When you come home don’t you need your keys to unlock the door? Or do you leave the front door unlocked too?
Post # 7
Well, we remove our keys, and bring them in with us, but don’t lock the cars. (Parked in the driveway, under the attached carport) Sometimes, we don’t even lock our doors at night, either. But, we live in a pretty quiet, semi-rural neighborhood.
ETA, based off of PPs responses: All of our keys-house and car-are on the same keychain, so we need our housekey to get in. Though we don’t lock our doors every night, ANY time we leave the house, we DO lock them.
Post # 8
When I was a kid, our city neighborhood was one of those that never locked their door or took keys out. That changed somewhere in the mid 90s.
When I lived on the lake in the country, I never took my keys out and I am not sure if that old house lock even had a key to it anymore.
Now that I live in the city, heck yes, I lock every single thing up as tight as I can. They have broken into our cars several times 🙁
Post # 8
I used to leave the keys in the car. BUT I lived with my parents way off the road. I started locking the car (keys inside house) when we started having people (prowlers) messing around the cars.
I now live in the city and ALWAYS remove keys and lock the car. I do it at work, too. Even though a lot of people don’t.
Post # 9
We have a garage so technically we could leave the keys in the ignition but we don’t. Our house keys and car keys are on the same ring so it’s kind of impossible to gain access to our home if the keys are still in the car.
My parents don’t have a garage but my Dad leaves his keys in his truck all the time. It drives my mother crazy.
Post # 10
When we lived in Florida we locked every thing! Now, we don’t lock our house.. no one really does around here. Mostly families live on the same land. Our cars sometimes we lock if we go certain places. When we are home. we usually leave them in the ignition.
But one time (in Florida, years ago) I locked my keys in the car, while it was still running. Not really sure how I did that haha.
Post # 11
@tksjewelry: ugh… my signal light cover was broken by some hoodlems the other day. I’m looking forward to when we can move into a better neighborhood!
Post # 12
Darling Husband and I only have on-street parking. We’re in a college town, so keys are removed from the ignition and cars are locked. I’m not so hardcore about locking, but Darling Husband is because he has tools in the trunk.
Post # 12
I voted wrong :/
I would never leave my keys in the ignition. I live in a suburban/midwest area but there are car break ins all the time. My car has been broken into twice.
Post # 13
My parents did, but I don’t feel like I could. When I was first out of college, I lived in a horrible area for about 3 years, oddly enough, nothing ever happened to my car when I lived in the worst neighborhood. As soon as I moved into more upscale areas, bad things happened. I got my car keyed once. Windows broken, another time. I had my stereo stolen once. And worst of all, my car was stolen. The timing could not have been worse on that one. I had paid off the car the month before, and had just (stupidly) downgraded my insurance to liability only. The police found the car a few weeks later but it was totally stripped and trashed. Since I no longer had full coverage, I got nothing for it. I don’t think, after all I’ve been through, I would ever leave my keys in a car, or my car unlocked without a security alarm again, no matter where I was.
Post # 14
@tksjewelry: That sucks! I had my car broken into once. It was parked right outside and I was sleeping on the couch and didn’t hear anything!