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Vehicle Warm-Up Thefts

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