Police: Don’t Leave Cars Running in Cold, Unattended


car-keys-idlingBefore the first major snowflakes have fallen, police in New York and New Jersey, and police accross the nation, have issued their annual appeal to residents: Don’t leave cars unattended while warming them up┬áin cold weather.

When temperatures dip, officers routinely see an increase in the number of vehicles that are stolen because they are left running unattended. Police say the running vehicles present an easy opportunity for thieves who can steal them in a matter of seconds.

While it may be inviting to make sure a car is warm before leaving home, police ask motorists to use common sense and to not leave the vehicle running unattended – even if the doors are locked. They point out that a window can easily be broken, giving a thief access to the running vehicle.

Stolen cars and trucks are frequently used in the commission of other crimes. Police say many insurance companies will not cover losses due to the negligence of the owner, including leaving a car running unattended.

Police officers in some states can issue citations if they come across an unattended, running motor vehicle on public property.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Of course, this is good advice. However, in a pinch, you can probably get away with it if you both lock your doors AND lock the steering wheel.

  2. If its very important for a person (health or other reasons), you can get a remote starter installed. With remote starters the car still wont go until the key is put in