Northwest NEWS

December 18, 2000

Features

Thieves 'warm-up' to stealing cars

The King County Sheriff's Office is warning motorists that the unseasonable cold weather can lead to losing your car if you let it warm up unattended.
   A car left with the keys in the ignition and the motor running while the driver runs inside for a cup of coffee says "Steal Me" and there is a very good possibility that will happen.
   During a 10-cold snap last January, at least 18 people lost their car to theives in the south King County area alone, as motorists left their vehicle unattended while it "warmed up." Twelve of those occurred on a particularly cold morning.
   Says Sheriff Dave Reichert: "Remember, crooks get cold too. Sometimes a warm ride is just too much of a temptation. Don't take the chance of losing your car."
   While most vehicles are recovered within a fews days or so, early all suffer at least some damage. Furthermore, many are involved in chases with the police. Therefore, the best advice from the Sheriff's Office is to warm up your car while you are sitting in it. "You can buy lots of gloves and overcoats for what it will cost if your car is stolen." says Reichert.