valet auto theft

Cars stolen from valet parking service in Atlanta.

Cars stolen from valet parking service in Atlanta.

It's unusual for cars to be stolen from valet parking services... but it happens. It's just one of many things that can go wrong when you valet park your car.

Leaving the car with valuable items still inside further temps fate to smack you down with a nasty surprise. 

This FOX5 Atlanta report provides further evidence that leaving stuff in your car when valet parking is a bad idea.

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More cars stolen from valet parking services...

More cars stolen from valet parking services...

A valet customer pays extra to have his car "kept up front." A car thief saw the car, liked it, and told the valet he was ready to leave, while indicating this particular vehicle was his. Unfortunately, the valet opted not to verify that the car actually belonged to this person.

Now the car is gone and the victim is on "TMZ" explaining what went wrong. 

YOU could be next! Valet parking services give cars away to the wrong people sometimes. 

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Four 15 year old teens allegedly steal a car from Hollywood, Florida valet service. Crashed car. Arrested.

Four 15 year old teens allegedly steal a car from Hollywood, Florida valet service. Crashed car. Arrested.

This is yet another incident involving a car being stolen from a valet parking service. Unfortunately, the car got wrecked before it was recovered.

Why do so many cars go missing from valet parking services? Because too many of these services are sloppy when it comes to key security and checking claim tickets. 

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Somebody else stole a car from a valet service.

Somebody else stole a car from a valet service.

There are multiple ways to steal a car from a valet parking service. Every valet service has a vulnerability somewhere.

I like valet parking services for the safety they offer. You're not walking around in a parking garage where there are lots of hiding places. That has value. But a lot of risks come with valet parking, including auto theft.

In this post, through sloppy key handling practices, a criminal somehow got his hands on a valet customer's car key... and stole it.

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Valet auto theft doesn't just happen in big cities. It happened in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Valet auto theft doesn't just happen in big cities. It happened in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Imagine enjoying a nice stay in a nice hotel in a small Pennsylvania city. Suddenly, the valet has brought out your vehicle and it's time to go.

"Are all our bags here? Has everybody in the fam got everything? How much should I tip the valet? What's the best way out of here? How do I get to the interstate? Boy, all those taxes really pumped up the bill. What are these extra charges on my bill? Is it really going to rain today? I'm not looking forward to this 5 hour drive..."

These are the sorts of things a hotel customer might be thinking as they are about to receive their car back from the valet service. They probably are not assessing their risk of auto theft on the valet ramp, but they should. Everybody who uses valet parking services should.   

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