Warming, unattended cars inviting thieves

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police say car thieves are busier prowling the city this month, and one of the main reasons thefts are up is because people are warming their cars up unattended.

During these cold winter months, people want to warm up their cars before they get in, so on many occasions people leave their cars unattended on their driveway or their street for a few minutes.

Police warn you that thieves are lurking in your neighborhood and looking for cars that are left unattended, which happened Tuesday morning in North Spokane.

Warming, unattended cars inviting thieves

A woman was warming up her car in her driveway and when she came out of her home her car was nowhere to be found. Luckily, police officers were able to find the stolen car within an hour.

Spokane police say they've recently seen two to three car thefts a day, with most of the thefts happening in the morning when people are warming up their cars for the commute to work.

Spokane police spokesperson Jennifer DeRuwe said the community is very trusting but unfortunately can't afford to be.

"Instead of saying it's not going to happen to me, we need to have our citizens take a more proactive approach and reducing that vehicle theft," DeRuwe said.

Police also want to remind the community that is illegal to leave your car running unattended.