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Police say car thefts will go up during the winter months

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--Police say car thefts will go up during the winter months. The theory is more more cars tend to get stolen because they're easier to spot when they're running. You can see the exhaust on running cars from far away. Police are warning drivers not to be an easy target for auto thefts.

Some people we spoke with today are indifferent about whether or not it's safe to do. Beth Buchholz says "in my driveway I don't leave mine running. Maybe just run out, start it, run back in, lock my door and go out and get in." Albert Castilleja says "I usually just lock the car up after I get it running but on cold days it makes it kind of nice."

We're told these kind of thefts are the most common because they're crimes of opportunity. In the Tri-Cities there have been almost 600 car thefts recorded so far this year.  

We're told at least half of these thefts can be prevented if people we more careful and don't leave their cars running unattended.

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