Vehicle thefts rising as winter approaches

Vehicle thefts increase during cold temperatures

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Over the past week, six incidents of people getting their cars stolen out of their driveways have been reported to Jonesboro police.

These vehicle thefts are happening early in the morning or late at night when temperatures are at their lowest point.

Victims leave their unlocked vehicles running for them to warm up and defrost but come back to them missing when it’s time to go.

Police say that even if you lock your vehicle with the spare key, that does not prevent your car from being stolen.

“If it’s running outside with the keys in it, whether it’s locked or not, is not going to stop somebody that really wants that car,” Sgt. Lane Holmes said.

Holmes says that other alternatives to warming up your car would cost less than losing your vehicle.

“Some advice would be to make sure you have a second key and if you want to leave it running to lock it, but that’s not always going to be the best option,” Sgt. Holmes said.

You can also start your car 15 to 20 minutes before your departure time and wait for it to warm up before starting your commute.

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