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An Atlanta area man was arrested after he left his two children in a running car, which was subsequently stolen while he was buying ice at a local convenience store, according to MyFoxAtlanta.com.

The two children, a 5-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy, were found unharmed by a neighbor on the road. Police said that they let themselves out of the car after it had been abandoned by the thief.

Security footage shows a man in a red shirt taking the car shortly after the children's father, Charles Boyd, entered the store and his reaction after realizing what had happened. Remarkably, Boyd did not call police at first, and authorities were alerted only after a clerk at the store telephoned 911.

Boyd was taken into police custody after officers found out what happened. The police said that Boyd did not tell them that the children were in the car when it was taken.

However, a witness on the scene said the police were lying.

"He told the police that his kids (were) in the car and somebody jumped in his car and pulled off," Robinson said. "Maybe the police misunderstood him when he said that his kids were in the car. Because (of) how he was talking, it could (have) sounded like he said, 'My keys in the car,'" Tabitha Robinson said, according to WSBTV.

Regardless, Boyd is being charged with reckless conduct. Check out the video above for more info.

Car theft is a real and ever present danger. Help prevent it by following a few tips:


Certain vehicles and areas more prone to car theft

The NHTSA statistics show that certain models of cars are stolen more than others. Interestingly, instead of fancy sports cars or expensive SUVs, most stolen cars – 72% in fact – are run-of-the-mill passenger cars. In 2008, the top ten stolen vehicles were: the Dodge Magnum, Pontiac Grand Prix, Dodge Charger, Mitsubishi Galant, Chrysler 300, Hyundai Azera, Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Hyundai Sonata.

And though no one is safe from vehicle theft, the statistics show that living in certain places could make you more prone to having your car stolen. According to the data, the top ten states for vehicular theft are: California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Georgia, Nevada, Maryland, North Carolina, Arizona, Missouri and New Jersey.

Both NHTSA and Consumer Reports couldn't comment about why certain states and vehicles are prone to theft, so we are left to speculate on the reasoning behind these trends.

Thieves want your parts, too

Given that thieves can make tons of money by selling off individual parts, it's no surprise that they will often target a car simply for its components. And we're not talking just radios and wheels. NHTSA describes certain car components as "hot parts," which are parts that thieves are particularly interested in. The list includes air bags, batteries, catalytic converters, GPS units, DVD entertainment systems and items left visible in your car such as iPods, computers and purses.

NHTSA has instituted a parts-marking system to help deter component theft. These federal rules require automakers to place a vehicle's VIN on certain parts so they can be more easily tracked in the case that they are stolen. However, these "hot parts" do not fall under NHTSA's regulatory responsibility, thus they don't have any identification markings that could make them easier to recover. So, odds are that if you have a "hot part" stolen, you're not going to see it again.

Use common sense

Above all else, NHTSA recommends simply using common sense as a defense against car theft. When parking and exiting your vehicle, try to run through a short checklist in your mind:

-Do I have the key?
-Are the doors and windows shut and locked?
-Am I parked in a well-lit area?
-Are there any valuables that could be seen?

Additionally, NHTSA urges drivers to park in their garage, not the driveway, whenever possible and to never, for any reason, leave the area while a vehicle is still running.

Bottom Line: No one is safe from vehicular theft, but you could be more prone to it if you live in certain places or drive a certain car. Use common sense when parking or leaving your car for the night. Make sure you lock up, hide your valuables and never leave the area while your car is running.

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      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      So nice here in Kansas, I leave my car keys in the ignition, front door unlocked, crime doesn't exist in the country. Who wants to live in the city?
        amy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bob
        Riiiight,keep telling yourself that.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It never ceases to amaze me , that each year we have parents who do this.These are people who would never consider leaving a wallet or a purse , in plain sight in a car for someone to grab, but their children who are ,or should be more precious ,they don't think twice about leaving alone in an open car with keys in it.Go figure
        Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        Try living in Las Vegas, we always have kids left in cars while mom and dad are in the casino. And we do live in a desert.
      Harry Hurt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always carry two keys to the doors, but not in the same pocket. This prevents lockouts. I ALWAYS lock my car, no matter what. In some states, your insurance is void if you leave your keys in your car. Also, thieves will leave the car key and steal your house key, intending to burglarize later.
      gov111w
      • 2 Years Ago
      My Keys are in the car...My Kids are in the car............OK got to give the man a break here especially if he had a southern accent !!
        datanonjon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gov111w
        Don't do that thing about Southern Accents ! He was a LIBERAL......ENUFF SAID ! Liberals have a problem with responsibility .
        John
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gov111w
        Yeah, cut him some slack. My kids keys are in the car.
      marekl19
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another brilliant article. Of course these aren't the real fact. And of course the writer doesn't check out the real story. But it gets posted here on AOL nonetheless. Because this is today's quality of journalism. It is pathetic that a lot of comments, even if they are facetious or crude are more thought out than the articles.
        tharriger
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marekl19
        TO marekl: So....., what are the real "fact"? Please enlighten us.
      snoballmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      HELLO the guy is the vic. I guess it is just EZ for the cops to blame the vic these days. The criminals arn't the problem. What BS.
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      You just cannot leave your keys in the car to run into the store. It's stupid. To do it with kids in the car, you ought to have your head examimed.
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical police work, make the victim pay for the crimes of scumbag car thieves.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look at the way the car was backed in and left running. Perfect for a getaway after a holdup. Who on earth parks their car like this, even in a low crime neighborhood (which this was not)?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe this Idiot "father" should learn how to speak english ! Ebonics is not a recognized language, it is lazy speak !
        • 2 Years Ago
        He is speaking English just southern English! Black or White can't understand that gibberish except for Southerners! Yikes!
        • 2 Years Ago
        couldnt agree more
        • 2 Years Ago
        At the same time English isn't america's national language so saying that one should learn to speak English is the same as saying you should learn to speak Spanish. In the end the guy was an idiot #1 leaving his car on # 2 leaving his kids inside.
          mikersales
          • 2 Years Ago
          The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the laws in every state and at the federal level are all WRITTEN IN ENGLISH. The official language of the United States of America is english and has been for over 235 years. And yes, if I was in Mexico and most of Central or South America, I would be expected to learn and know Spanish.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical huff article. Man gets arrested because his car is stolen and stupid police misunderstand keys for kids. Actual story: Man has cell phone, makes several calls but none to to police after his car and kids are stolen. When the store clerk calls the cops, the car is found ONE HOUR LATER, during which time the creep never mentioned his "keeds" or 'keys" again. Might have something to do with the quantity of drugs neatly packaged in baggies they found in the trunk of his car (which he claims the car thief must have left there).
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      WTF! Why??? Everyone leaves kids in the car to buy ice at convenient store! Too much of a hassle to rake them out of car seats just to get ice;)....
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