Woodland police took more than 10 reports in January of car thefts occurring while the owners were warming up their vehicles.
“These thefts have occurred while the victim has left their car unattended and running with the keys in the ignition in an effort to warm it up,” says a Woodland Police Department news release issued last week. “(In) the majority of these instances the vehicle is unlocked in the driveway or on the street in front of the victim’s home.”
Police encourage citizens to remain with their vehicles while they are warming them up in order to avoid these crimes of opportunity. In addition, it is a California vehicle code violation in some instances to leave a vehicle running and unattended.
Anyone with information regarding the vehicle thefts, or who has questions about these incidents, is asked to call the Woodland Police Department at 530-661-7800.