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Thieves Stealing Warm Cars

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You may be tempted to go out and warm up your car in the morning, but if you do your car could be an easy target for thieves. You may be tempted to go out and warm up your car in the morning, but if you do your car could be an easy target for thieves.

KENNEWICK, WA – It is getting colder and colder. You may be tempted to go out and warm up your car in the morning, but if you do your car could be an easy target for thieves.

When you start up your car in the morning and walk away to let it warm up, you might trust that your car is safe, but according to police it's not.

Just this weekend a vehicle in Kennewick was stolen because the owner walked away from their warmed up car. They could hear the car take off but before they could do anything it was too late. A thief drove off and as police chased him he hit a post and damaged the vehicle. Officers we spoke with today say these kinds of thefts can be avoided, but sadly are more common than you think.

"From October to December of last year 17 vehicles were stolen and 1 out of every 4 of those vehicles that were stolen were left unattended running and with the keys in the ignition," said Pasco Police Officer Jeb Abastillas.

The solution? Do not leave your keys in your car. There is always the option of getting a remote starter installed in your vehicle and some newer vehicles with push start keys can be started and locked as long as you bring the keys with you. Officers say that while you may have to get into a cold car in the morning, it is better than not having a car to get into at all.

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