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Cold Weather Prime Time for “Warm-up Thefts”

Washington DC – Have you heard about warm-up thefts?

Washington DC – Have you heard about warm-up thefts?  You can bet the average car thief has.  The National Crime Prevention Council says car thieves may be on the prowl for your car during this current cold snap.

During the cold winter months, area drivers may be tempted to warm up their cars while they stay warm inside.  But cars left running, unlocked, and unattended are quick and easy targets for thieves.  NCPC offers the following tips so you won’t be left out in the cold:

•    Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when are away from it, even for “just a minute.”
•    Keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk.  Purses, credit cards, and cell phones in plain view only help attract thieves.
•    Always roll up the windows and lock your car, even if it is in your driveway, garage, or in front of your home.
•    Never leave the registration or title in your car. If stolen, it makes it easier for the thief to dispose of your vehicle.  It can also make you a target for identity theft.
•    Be alert when approaching your car, have a plan of action, and have your keys in your hand. Check around, under and in your vehicle for suspicious individuals. Immediately leave the scene to get help if you have any concerns for your safety.
•    Only park your car in busy, well-lighted areas.
•    Install a mechanical locking device—commonly called clubs, collars, or j-bars—that locks to the steering wheel, column, or brake.
•    If your vehicle has an alarm or other anti-theft device, use it.

About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. NCPC manages public service advertising under the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign—symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog® and his “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®” slogan—and acts as secretariat for the Crime Prevention Coalition of America, more than 300 national, federal, state, and local organizations representing thousands of constituents who are committed to preventing crime. NCPC is funded through a variety of government agencies, corporate and private foundations, and donations from private individuals. NCPC also participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (#0840 on the pledge card). For more information on crime prevention issues, visit

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