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When a motor vehicle is left unattended with the motor running and the keys in the ignition, it provides an opportunity for the vehicle to be stolen. This is a violation of City Ordinances and could result in a fine.

Many auto thefts could have been prevented if the vehicle had been turned off and the key removed when the driver left the vehicle unattended. When a vehicle is stolen, there are many inconveniences to the vehicle owner. In addition, extra police services are required to investigate the crime. In some cases, safety hazards have occurred due to pursuits of stolen vehicles or when children were left in the vehicles. There are also financial consequences associated with insurance rates, vehicle damage and personal items left in the vehicle. Therefore, it important to take measures to prevent auto theft.

Some of the most common locations where vehicles are stolen while running and unattended include gas stations, hotels and restaurants. However, these types of vehicle thefts can also occur in other locations including residential driveways.

For warming up vehicles during the cold winter months, installation of a remote starter may be a possible alternative.

City Code
Section 27-122. UNATTENDED MOTOR VEHICLE. No person driving or being in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key therefrom, and removing the key from the motor vehicle.

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