Warming Cars Could Result in Ticket

Warming Cars Could Result in Ticket


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(Salt Lake City, KSL News) -- A rash of stolen cars every morning along the Wasatch Front is prompting a new response by local law enforcement.

If you like to warm up your car before you head out for the morning, Salt Lake County Deputies say you can expect a written warning.

The county alone is averaging four stolen cars a morning, all from people who leave their cars running in their driveways.

It's against the law to do that.

So to combat the high car theft rate, officers are issuing warnings and could ticket people who leave their vehicles unattended.

Officers say issuing warnings may mean fewer stolen cars.

"When I was in patrol I heard it all the time. I just rant in for a minute, and that's all it takes for someone to walk down the street, see a car running and jump in it. A couple of seconds, and usually if a car's running, the doors aren't locked either," says Officer Clint Johnson.

Even if you're not guilty of that, you may want to pay attention to this.

This is the Top 10 list, according to the insurance industry, of most-wanted cars by thieves.

The Toyota Camry tops it, followed by the Honda Accord and Honda Civic. Criminals are after the parts.

Detectives say if you own one of these, consider your car a constant target.

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