Texarkana Don’t Leave Your Car ‘Puffing’ Cause It May Get Stolen
Texarkana Texas Police are warning citizens in our community that if you don't want to become a victim of a stolen vehicle do not leave your car unattended while warming it up or getting gas.
It takes only a couple of seconds for someone to jump in your car and take off with it. Last year there were 134 vehicles stolen on the Texas side because of negligence. Just two days ago, another vehicle was stolen when the driver left their car running at an apartment complex, which marked the 4th stolen vehicle in the last two weeks in Texarkana.
The new term for this activity is called, "Puffing." It's when you leave your car unattended while warming up your car.
Police are fully aware that some folks don't like getting in a cold car so they let it idle in their driveway or parking lot to warm up.
The best advice they can give you is this.
- Don't Leave Your Car Unattended
- Use The Remote Feature on the Car if You Have One
- Use the Keypad Entry if You Have One
- Use the Remote Start Feature If You Have One
- Don't Leave Your Keys in the Car Unattended
In most cases, vehicles are stolen because the keys are still in the ignition. Furthermore, the exhausts coming from idling cars when it's cold outside are like a giant red flag that immediately draws car thieves' attention.
Having awareness of your location and surroundings will go a long way toward determining if your car will be stolen or not.
By the way, It's illegal in both Texas in Arkansas to warm your car up and leave it unattended.
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