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Rockford Police warn against warming up your car on the street

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With temperatures in the single digits, many people around town are taking the extra time to warm up their cars before leaving for work. However, that could have serious consequences.

If you warm up your car on the street, and leave it unattended, it increases the chances for the car to be stolen. Not only that, but it is illegal. If a vehicle is left running, it must be occupied, or you could face a citation of up to $125.

Sergeant Carla Redd warns, "I need people to be aware that there are individuals out there that are targeting these unattended vehicles that are running and will steal their vehicle."

According to Redd, almost 20 percent of vehicles stolen in 2012 were cars that were left running unattended. Those numbers increased during the winter months.

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