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Rockford Police warn of auto thefts during cold weather

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ROCKFORD (WREX) - If you plan on warming up your car, you risk having it stolen.

That's because the Rockford Police Department says at this time of the year, people leave their keys in their car when warming them up, then walk away. That makes your car a perfect target for thieves. Rockford Police say in the last month, there were more than 30 auto thefts, with a majority of cars being left unattended with keys inside.

"We just really like to encourage people to not leave the vehicles unattended," said Lt. Kurt Whisenand of the Rockford Police Department. "To use a remote start or some other kind of technology. Just to be aware of their surroundings and not to just leave the vehicles outside running with the keys in them."

If your car doesn't have remote start, you can get it installed.

Nick Landi

Nick Landi is a News Producer at 13 WREX. He has worked at WREX in that role since joining the station in 2018. He is a graduate of Illinois State University.

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