With colder weather approaching, Baltimore County residents may be tempted to leave their cars unattended while they warm up. The term “Warm-Up Theft” describes the stealing of a car that has been left running and unattended.
These thefts typically occur outside a home, apartment building or convenience store. They are crimes of opportunity and crimes that are preventable.
To help drivers protect themselves against “Warm-Up Theft,” the Baltimore County Police Department wants to remind residents of the potential threat and provide some safe alternatives.
Turn your car off, never leave your car running unattended.
In cold weather, warm up with your car: grab a hot cup of coffee, gloves, and a blanket. It shouldn’t take long – most cars warm up in a matter of minutes.
Always take your keys/FOB.
Park in an enclosed garage whenever possible.
Lock your doors every single time.
Look up auto thefts in your zip code through the Baltimore County Dashboard.
Review the top stolen vehicles in Maryland.
Police are asking anyone who sees suspicious activity in their neighborhood to call 911.
Anyone with information about a stolen vehicle is asked to call 410-307-2020. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP