Letting Cars Run Unattended Invites Auto Theft and Violates City Ordinance
Open Ignition Reminder: Leaving Cars Running Unattended with Keys in Ignition is an Invitation for Thieves and Ordinance Violation
Temperatures have only recently dropped, but the Columbia Heights Police Department has already responded to a report of a stolen vehicle taken while the owner had left it unattended to warm up.
While it's tempting to warm up your vehicle during the colder months by leaving it running unattended with the keys in the ignition, residents should know that not only is this a violation of the City’s open ignition ordinance, it's also one of the most likely ways to have your car stolen. Remote start features may be used, since the ignition remains locked and there is no key in the vehicle.
Getting into a cold car is no fun, but having your car stolen or receiving a citation is worse. Please don’t leave your car running with the keys in the ignition.