You might be tempted to make one exception to the “don’t leave keys in your car” rule if you enjoy having a toasty car for your morning commute. You pop the keys in the ignition, crank up the heat, and head back into your house for a few minutes.
This ritual makes it all too easy for someone to hop into your car and take off.2
Install a remote car starter instead. Remote car starters turn on the car but don’t allow it to shift gears, so it’s impossible to drive away with the car. You get to stay in your house, push a button, and walk out to a warm car.
Some remote car starters include other features, like a smart car alarm, smartphone app, or ignition kill switch. We like the Crimestopper RS7-G5 best overall, but you can see our other top picks in our full review of the best remote car starters.
With real time location tracking, a vehicle GPS tracker could help law enforcement locate your vehicle if it is stolen.