Richland Co. Sheriff Warns of Warming Your Unsecured Vehicle

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) — Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott warns citizens that car thieves are targeting idling vehicles.

Lott said that “During colder temperatures, it is not wise to start your vehicle, and then return to the house while it warms up – this could lead to motor vehicle theft.”

Between Friday, January 15 and Tuesday, February 2 13 cars have been stolen in this manner.

The Sheriff stated that the additional concern is this crime occurs during the morning hours, when students are waiting for their school buses.

Criminals allegedly steal the vehicles and take off at a high rate of speed, officials say.

Sheriff Leon Lott advises that if you must leave your car idling have a remote start installed. “You can start your car remotely while it’s locked; it also requires a key be in the ignition before it can be put into drive. This will make it harder for thieves to steal.”

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