Car Thefts Up As Temperatures Drop

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RENO, Nev. -- Reno Police say almost two dozen cars were stolen in the month of December. They say the majority of the vehicles were taken between 5am-10am. This is a common time people warm up their cars, leaving them unattended.

It is a good idea to make sure your car is warm enough to drive, but most cars only take a minute or two to warm up. It's also important you can see out of all your windows, this includes your side mirrors.

It's a good idea to check with your mechanic to see how long you need to warm up your car (attended) before driving in these cold temperatures.

They also recommend parking somewhere that's well lit, this can deter thieves.

Police also warn people never to leave your entire key ring in your ignition. A thief can easily get access to your home if your house key is on the key ring.

They also say using your spare and locking the door is a safer way to warm up your car, but this does not prevent a criminal from busting a your window and stealing your car.

It only takes a couple of seconds for a thief to jump in your car and take off with it, especially if your keys are in the ignition.