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FWPD: Lock your car this winter

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The best way to keep your car safe from thieves while you warm up your car unattended this winter is: don't do it at all.

The Fort Wayne Police Department says any time you leave your vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition, you risk someone breaking in to steal your valuables, or even worse, stealing your entire vehicle.

This advice is common sense, but it's easy to forget or think that you'll just be away from your car for just a moment.

But a few moments is all it takes for a thief to open your unlocked car door, or bust open a window to drive off in your vehicle.

It's tempting to do when the temperatures drop, but Fort Wayne Police said already Wednesday morning, they've seen at least three car thefts.

"If you're going to warm them up, take a spare key and lock the vehicle. There's still a high chance it could be stolen even if it is locked," FWPD Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said.

"I know it's not the best and ideal situation to sit in your car while it's warming up... but we just want people to keep their cars. We don't want them to walk outside trying to go to work and their car is gone."

And if you're thinking, "this wouldn't happen in my neighborhood," think again.

"It's everywhere throughout the city. It doesn't matter what neighborhood you're in. No neighborhood is immune to this kind of crime," Sgt. Rosales-Scatena said.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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