Residents who leave their vehicle motors running while warning up their cars on cold mornings are just asking to have their cars stolen, according to Sunnyside police.
“The steam from an unattended vehicle’s tailpipe is a red flag for anyone out looking to steal a ride,” said Sunnyside Police Sgt. Joey Glossen.
He said during the past week police have contacted more than 20 motorists giving them warnings regarding the dangers of leaving their vehicle motors running and unattended. In most of the incidents, the vehicle motors were left running to warm up their interiors, while the drivers waited inside their homes, Glossen explained.
“That is not a very responsible thing to do,” he cautioned.
Most car thefts are crimes of opportunity. A motor running with no driver inside is a perfect opportunity for a thief, he said.
“If that is not possible the police have steering wheel locking devices for Sunnyside residents to help protect their cars,” he said.
The locking devices are free and local residents interested in obtaining one need only present a water bill or identification to prove Sunnyside residency, according to Glossen.