Poof, poof, poof! Police remind the public not to heat cars unattended

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) – Temperatures are hovering around zero, snow is on the ground, and it’s tempting to warm up your car as you prepare to leave.

The police say, “Please don’t!”

The Pueblo Police Department reported its first blowing victim shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“We already had our first puffer motor vehicle theft this morning. We understand that it is extremely cold this morning and you may want to warm up your car, but do not leave your vehicle running and unattended. Thank you and stay warm! the police tweeted.

“Puffing,” as leaving a running car unattended in Colorado is commonly known, is one of the easiest ways to become a crime statistic. All the scammers need are your keys and 30 seconds to make your car their car.

“We know from interviewing suspects that they will actually get into a car with other drivers and drive on a [bad weather day] and look for cars that are left running and getting hot,” a Colorado Springs Police Department lieutenant told 11 News in 2016.

To add insult to injury, if your vehicle is stolen because you were puffing, you could be cited in addition to not having a car, since leaving a running vehicle unattended is technically illegal. The only exception to the blowing law is if you are using a remote starter.

While it’s no fun driving around in a cold car on a freezing morning, dealing with a stolen vehicle will be even less fun. Don’t let your car run without you in it!

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