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As temperatures drop and winter is in full swing, many of us rely on warming up our vehicles before hitting the road. However, this convenience comes with a risk. Warm-up vehicle thefts are on the rise, with opportunistic thieves targeting unattended, running cars left in driveways or parking lots.
Last winter (November 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023) the Blaine Police Department received reports of 30 vehicles stolen and of those, 13 of them were left running and/or unlocked with the keys inside. Warm-up thefts made up 43 percent of all vehicle thefts.
Here are some tips to help you keep your ride safe this winter:
• Never leave your vehicle unattended while it’s running. Even if you’re just stepping inside for a moment, a running car is an open invitation for thieves. Even if you take your key fob with you, if the vehicle is left running, someone can hop in and drive it away. Invest in a remote starter to warm up your car without leaving the keys in the ignition.
• Consider installing a steering wheel lock or a kill switch to add an extra layer of security. These simple devices can deter thieves and make it much more difficult for them to drive away with your vehicle.
• Stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings. Thieves often look for easy targets, so if you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately. Additionally, park in well-lit areas and use your garage, if possible, to further reduce the risk of theft.
By taking these preventive measures, you can enjoy the warmth of your vehicle without worrying about it becoming a target for thieves. Stay safe and keep your winter drives worry-free. Contact [email protected] or 763-717-2692 with questions.