STARTING YOUR CAR SO IT CAN WARM UP? THAT’S AN INVITATION FOR THIEVES

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By WVUA 23 Reporter Lacey Beasley

It might seem like a good idea to crank the car and run back inside to finish getting ready, but the potential consequences are dangerous.

“I really don’t think about it,” said Rich Anders, manager of Anders Hardware in Northport. “Ya know, if I’m in a hurry at a gas station just gotta run in and get something or pay for something, I’m guilty of leaving my car running.”

Leaving a running car unattended can be quite the temptation for thieves.

“It wouldn’t cross my mind that someone would get in and steal it,” said Anders.

But it’s more common than you’d think.

“If your vehicle is running, they know the key is in it, so that leaves it available to anyone around, so you have to be aware of that,” said Joe Hardy, manager of Northport Old Fashion 5 & 10.

Especially in public areas, such as a grocery store or picking up food at a restaurant.

And insurance may not pay up if you leave a car running unattended and it gets stolen.

Some tips to avoid this include making sure someone is watching the car. Doors and windows need to be securely shut, and do not leave valuables in plain sight.

“I’ll stay in the car, even if it’s cold. I’ll stay in the car with it running because I’m not gonna leave it,” said Hardy.

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