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Opportunistic thieves taking advantage of the cold weather

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Regional Police are out with a warning after a rash of vehicle thefts that are typically accompanied by cold weather.

Police say there have been 20 “warm up thefts” so far this year in the Region, where a vehicle has been stolen after it was left unattended while it warms up.

Regional Police Inspector Mike Haffner says it does not take long for thieves to strike, “Most of the vehicles are taken from residential driveways, or even from gas stations or variety stores where people just run into grab something and leave their vehicle running.” said Haffner.

Haffner adds that this type of crime can also put the victim at further risk, “your vehicle contains a number of personal documents as well as your garage door opener in most cases thieves know here you know live now and have access to garage and to your residence.” ” said Haffner.

To make sure you are not a victim of this type of theft, police recommend keeping your vehicle within eye sight or waiting with your car as it warms up.