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Police warn drivers of the dangers of idling your car

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Temperatures are expected to drop this week with some reaching below zero.

If you're like most drivers, you'll let your car idle to warm up-- but that could mean leaving your car unlocked and unattended.

South Bend Police say motor vehicle thefts can increase because of this.

According to reports, from November 1 to March 31 last year there were 30 reported cases of cars stolen while warming up.

Police are encouraging drivers to not leave personal items, purses, or other valuables in the car if you do decide to idle.

They also suggest getting a remote starter that will start the engine but keep the steering and transmission locked.


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