Warming up cold cars increases chances of theft

Created: 12/09/2013 6:48 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

During these cold winter months, many of us take the time to warm up our vehicles in the morning, but too many times, the car or truck isn't there when you're ready to leave.

One man in Farmington who found himself in that very situation.

"When I saw them speed off I knew something was going on," said Jacob French. 

French was on his way to the gym when he saw someone speeding away with his vehicle Wednesday.

"I walked out on the guy backing up out of my driveway, and took off,” he said.

French is one of the lucky ones. After he and his wife shared a photo of their truck on Facebook, they were able to get it back the same day. 

But the thief did a lot of damage to the front and bottom of the vehicle, so French has to share a vehicle with his wife until it's gets fixed.

"That’s been kind of hard with just one vehicle," he said.

French isn't the only one.

Farmington police tell us it's the season for car thieves to get busy.

“It’s cooler outside so people are starting their cars to start up and defrost so it creates opportunity for thieves to steal their vehicle," said Georgette Allen, spokesperson for Farmington Police.

Police say it's better to park in a driveway or garage, but if your only option is to park on the street, either lock your vehicle or stay in view of the vehicle to make sure no one take off with it.

And always take any "tempting targets" out of your car.

"This time of year Christmas shopping remembers don’t leave valuables or invaluable in the vehicle somebody might see it and things its worth something," said Allen. 

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