Although some of the season’s coldest weather may have passed, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists to avoid leaving their vehicles “puffing,” or running unattended, in their driveways or on the street. Last year, 11,304 vehicles were reported stolen in Colorado. Nearly 1,700 of the stolen vehicles were taken not by force, but while the vehicle was running with the keys in the ignition, unattended (puffing). This amounts to approximately 34 vehicles per week.
When someone steals a running vehicle, often they’re stealing the owner’s personal information and possibly gaining access to the owner’s home. Items such as vehicle registration, insurance cards, checkbooks, or wallets and purses can give car thieves the ability to commit identify theft, a crime that has become associated more frequently with auto theft in recent years.
Don’t invite unwanted guests to your home. Don’t be a victim of auto theft. Don’t puff!
Puffing thefts are 100% preventable.
Auto Theft Prevention Tips:
· Never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running. (It’s against the law!)
· Always remove your keys from the ignition and the interior of your vehicle.
· Remove your valuables from your vehicle when it is unoccupied.
· Always close and secure your garage door, and make sure the engine is turned off.
· Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.
More information on auto theft can be found at lockdownyourcar.org.