Police: Cold Weather Bringing Out Car Thieves

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — While most of us are looking to bundle up indoors this winter, car thieves are looking to take advantage of the cold weather.

The busy holiday season can bring with it perfect conditions for car thieves, especially during vehicle start-ups.

Fairfax County Police say a woman in the 6200 block of Bren Mar Drive in Alexandria started her car around 8 a.m. on Dec. 11 and went back inside while it warmed up. Soon after, officials say thieves jumped in her car and took off. Officers later arrested two juveniles and two other suspects.

Police say thefts resulting from cold weather start-ups are not uncommon.

Forty-seven vehicles were stolen in Fairfax County between Dec. 1 and Jan. 6 in 2012, according to police. There were 808 vehicles stolen in 2012 — down from 877 in 2011.

And the hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season can contribute to car thefts. Detectives urge residents to pay attention to small details, such as the whereabouts of spare keys, as many motorists can often leave keys in the glove box.

Fairfax County Police are urging residents to remember these tips:

    Never leave your keys in your vehicle

    Never leave your car running unattended

    Never leave valuables visible in your vehicle

    Consider installing anti-theft technologies and devices

    Park in well-lit areas when possible

    If your car is stolen, report it to police immediately

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