Now that the cold weather is here, it’s important to remember the Proverb, “The devil makes work for idle hands” … and idling cars.
Last Monday, six vehicles left running unattended in Snohomish County – in front of homes and businesses – were stolen. Car thievery is a big enough crime around here; there’s no need to make it totally easy for the bad guys. It takes just seconds to steal a car, especially one that’s unlocked and running.
Police point out that this is very preventable crime. Grab that extra set of keys and lock your doors, even if you’re running inside for just a minute. Especially if you’re running inside for just a minute.
And if you’re feeling down about losing your vehicle in this way, consider this: At least you’re not in Spokane County. There, air quality gets so bad that it’s against the law to leave a car idling. But it’s cold there, so people do. And their vehicles get stolen. People report the crime, police take the report, then issue the victims a citation for leaving their vehicles unattended.