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February 13, 2015

Police issue warning about car thefts in cold weather

Police Warnings
02132015_Snow Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

Snow falls in Philadelphia during the early part of the afternoon commute on Jan. 6, 2014.

Car thefts throughout the city have the Philadelphia Police Department issuing a warning to residents about leaving their cars running unattended in the cold weather.

Yes, the weekend ahead could bring record-breaking cold. And yes, you may want to warm up your vehicle and run inside for a few minutes before driving off.

But police say that is not a good idea.

"Free car. That's exactly what you're telling a thief when you leave your unoccupied vehicle running with the keys in the ignition," the warning reads.

And it's not just your car a thief could be taking. Police are reminding residents that thieves also get everything in your vehicle, possibly even your child.