(Closed) Do you remove your keys from the ignition when you exit your car?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you arrive hom do you remove your keys and lock your car?
    Yes, always : (116 votes)
    87 %
    No, never : (11 votes)
    8 %
    Most of the time but not always : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
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    Buzzing bee

    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
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
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    Bumble bee

    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
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @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
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    Blushing bee

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @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!

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