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Avoiding car thefts in the cold

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With high temperatures not even reaching zero...

"It's so cold!" Said Rebecca Deinert.

Running errands can be miserable.

"I just wanted to warm it up before I run my errands." said Mercedes Delcid.

Some people leave their cars on while running into the store.

"He knows I don't like the leather seats when I get in and it's cold." said Deinert.

"It's not something that I would typically do, but being as cold as it is today and with a storefront that has a glass window and I can see the car when I was in there. That would probably be the only scenario I would do it. But it's a terrible idea and I shouldn't be doing it." said Mike Barber.

But police say it is a bad idea.

"I wouldn't recommend it because once the keys are in the vehicle there's nothing to say that somebody walking by and decides that they need a ride and are going to jump in your vehicle and take it." said Sgt. Kyle Hoekstra with Sioux Falls Police Department.

He added that the vast majority of cars stolen in Sioux Falls are running or have the keys inside.

"I wouldn't say super rare, but I'd say very rare that we have vehicle where the window was broken and hot-wired."

But when it's this cold out, leaving the car running is a common occurrence.

"Pretty much everywhere you go you're going to see vehicles warming up. Either on the street like I said, or in actual business lot everywhere." said Sgt. Hoekstra.

Hoekstra says its never safe to leave your running car unattended.

"I guess that's the most important thing. Don't leave your vehicle unattended with the keys in it. Keep your doors locked. Don't make it easy for someone to take your vehicle."

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