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Police warn against warming up your car

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  It's getting colder outside and many people like to warm up their cars.  Police are warning, if you do that, your car could get stolen, or you could get fined for doing it.

Sgt. Ken Lattin, with the Kennewick Police Department, explains, "The thieves out there, this is their favorite time of the year.  Several of them will jump in a car and just drive the neighborhoods or the parking lots, looking for a car that's left running, unlocked, and unattended, and they'll take off with it.  In seconds, your car could be there, and now it's gone."
In all of Washington state, it'll cost you $124 if you're caught leaving your car unattended and running on city streets, locked or unlocked.  In the city of Kennewick, you can leave it running on private property as long as it's locked.  If not it could cost you $500 in the city.

Sgt. Lattin explains that a remote starts system is a good option.  A split key ring with a separate ignition key and door key could also be a legal option on private property Kennewick, but would still be against the law on city streets.