Do not leave your car running unattended - Every year, motorists have their vehicles stolen due to car warm-up thefts.

Warm-up theft is the term that is used when someone steals a vehicle that is unattended and is warming up due to colder temperatures.

It happens all the time people leave their vehicles unattended to idle and warm up giving thieves an opportunity to drive away with the vehicle.

Not only is leaving an unattended vehicle not safe, but it’s also a waste of gas as most new vehicles no longer require a warm-up period prior to driving.

By warming up unattended vehicles, victims are also making it easy for thieves to not only steal their vehicles but may also have access to homes as most car keys carry home keys on the same keychain and their garage opener is inside the vehicle too.

Avoid getting your vehicle stolen due to early morning warm ups and remember:

  • Do not leave any vehicle warming up and unattended
  • Do not leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle
  • Carry the garage door remote in your purse or leave it hidden in the glove box
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked while the vehicle is unattended
  • Keep valuables out of sight, including in beds of trucks

If warming up your vehicle is something you still plan on doing just make sure you are in the vehicle while it warms up with the doors locked or by keyless startup.