Message from RCPD: Don't leave your vehicle running and unattended

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When it gets to be bitter cold outside, there's a temptation to start your vehicle and let it sit unattended while it warms up.
But, the Rapid City Police Department says not to do that, or you might head out of the house to find your vehicle has disappeared.

In fact, they say in the last 30 days, 25 vehicles have been stolen in Rapid City and out of those, at least nine were left unattended and running.
So although it's convenient, the advice is quite simple.

Public Information Officer with the Rapid City Police Department Brendyn Medina says, "Everybody wants to go out to enjoy and drive a warm car, well thieves do too, and so when it comes to warming up your car the biggest message is if you're going to do it, make sure that you have a way to secure that vehicle, because when potential thieves see a running unattended car it's a giant red flag that says take me."

Medina says if you take the extra step to lock your doors the more you do it the more it becomes habit.
He says most modern day cars now have key-less entry, meaning you can start your car and still lock it.
Remote start works the same way with a locking system that allows your car to get warm without leaving it unlocked for someone to take.