A message to valet parking services: Do a better job of defending the door. Or use better key control.
According to CBS 21 News, a man stole an SUV from a valet customer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The keys were in it. The thief hopped in the truck and drove off. The customer's 16 year old son, who was in the back of the vehicle, jumped out. That was the smart thing to do, because the lunatic at the wheel led police on a chase through three counties and ended up smashing the vehicle into four cars.
We are all just too comfortable and too lax and loose when it comes to key control and defending the door.
As a valet customer, upon arrival, you should turn off the car and remove the key or the fob when you step out. You don't hand over the key to the valet until after you are satisfied that you are dealing with a real, legitimate valet worker.
And valets, you should attach that key to your carabiner until you have completed the vehicle damage assessment and are 1 second away from stepping into the car.
If you are leaving the key in the car, then you better be sure your ramp is secure, and you better be sure nobody is going to hop into this car that you have been entrusted to safely and flawlessly park.
When you are bringing the car out, as this story from CBS21 illustrates, it's another risky time. If you are leaving the car running, then defend the door. Don't leave a path open. Block entry to the driver's seat for everybody except the claim ticket holder.
If you aren't going to defend the door, then turn off the car, take the key with you, and hand it to the claim ticket holder. Don't leave the car running unattended. Don't leave the key in it. Because the word is out that you can steal a car easy at a lot of valet parking locations.