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Running car thefts

Rochester Police Department reports an increase in motor vehicle theft as the weather gets colder.

Posted: Dec. 16, 2017 8:44 AM
Updated: Dec. 16, 2017 10:46 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - As the weather gets colder, many people start their cars minutes before leaving to warm up their cars. 

But if a car is left running, someone may take off running with it. 

Rochester Police Department said they see an increase in motorvehicle theft as the weather gets colder. The department said vehicles stolen when warming up are typically recovered in a few days but it does cause a great deal of inconvienence for the vehicle owner. 

The department suggests locking the vehicle with a spare key to create an additional barrier for a potentional criminal. 

It also said automatic car starters are a good way to avoid theft and still remotely start a car. 

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