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Running vehicles hot target for car thieves in December

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Police are reminding residents to never leave their vehicles unattended, running or just with the keys in the ignition, for any period of time.

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Police are reminding residents to never leave their vehicles unattended, running or just with the keys in the ignition, for any period of time.

A warm vehicle was a hot item for car thieves last month.

Updating the latest stolen vehicle numbers today, Winnipeg police say 166 vehicles were stolen in December. Fifty-two of those vehicles (31 per cent) were stolen when the vehicle was running with the keys in the ignition, while 34 vehicles (20 per cent) were stolen after the keys were lifted (or misplaced) in public areas.

Another 15 vehicles were stolen thanks to owners leaving their spare keys in the vehicle.

Those three scenarios represent 60 per cent of the stolen vehicles in December. Another 65 vehicles were stolen in Winnipeg under different circumstances.

Though starting the car and letting it warm up is a common practice during this chilly winter, police remind residents to never leave their vehicles unattended, running or just with the keys in the ignition, for any period of time.

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