A word of warning to our community — please do not leave your vehicles unattended and warming up! There are criminals that look specifically for these situations for an easy auto theft., especially in the pre-dawn hours (the exhaust steam is easy to spot where a potential target may be waiting). Don’t allow yourself to be a victim by leaving a vehicle warming up and running back in the house for even a minute.
Additionally, I have seen cases in the Foothills over the past several years of quick-stops to the newspaper box and donut shop where victims left keys in the vehicle and dashed inside for ‘just a minute’ and came out to realize their vehicles were stolen. Just an extra moment of crime prevention in practice can save you from being a victim of crime.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist, APD/Foothills Area Command