FOX 66 News at Ten
It's something many of us do before heading out the door, but it could put you at risk to be targeted by thieves.
The act of starting your car in the morning to warm it up is sometimes called puffing.
"I go and start the car up and go back in the house," said one Mid-Michigander on Tuesday. And so do a lot of people, and the police say it is a bad idea.
"We caution citizens about leaving their cars running unattended, whether it be in a driveway or in a parking lot," said Saginaw Township Police Chief Donald Pussehl.
It's a new trend called "puffing." Cars thieves see a puff of smoke coming out of your tailpipe and if no one is around, they will steal your car. Pussehl says there are ways to stay warm and still protect yourself from car thieves. One of those ways is to use a remote start.
Robert Orr is the store manager at Duke's Car Stereo in Saginaw Township. Orr says an automatic starter device is an easy way to protect yourself from thieves. They cost anywhere from $99 to $400.
"If someone was to get in the vehicle and steal it, as soon as they put it in gear, you first have to put your foot on the brake and once they do that the vehicle stalls," explains Orr. "The brake essentially disengages the remote starter and then the regular ignition takes over."
Pussehl says leaving your car running and unattended is not only an open invitation to thieves, it's actually illegal. "A person could receive a traffic citation for that," said Pussehl.
While warming up your car may be illegal, it's sure nice to commute in a vehicle that's warmer than an ice cube on those early Michigan winter mornings.
Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Wednesday, February 27 2013, 11:01 AM EST
National News Headlines
|Up to 30 injured after bus, car collide in northwest Ohio|
The Highway Patrol says up to 30 people have suffered injuries in the collision of a commercial bus and a car on Interstate 75 in northwest Ohio.
|Coast Guardsman who admits desertion to be confined, discharged|
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer whose disappearance led to a massive search in Hawaii pleaded guilty to desertion Tuesday, saying he left work one day, decided never to return and spent the next three months camping in the mountains. A military judge sentenced him to more than six months confinement and a bad conduct discharge.
|Federal safety panel claims ATF blocking probe into Texas plant blast|
In a May 17 letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer, U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso asked the California Democrat to help the board obtain evidence under control of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that he contends is essential to the board's investigation.
|Pentagon wants $450M for Guantanamo prison|
|The Pentagon is asking Congress for more than $450 million for maintaining and upgrading the Guantanamo Bay prison that President Barack Obama wants to close.|
|Coast Guard rescue swimmer admits desertion|
A Coast Guard rescue swimmer whose disappearance led to a massive search in Hawaii pleaded guilty to desertion Tuesday, saying he left work one day, decided never to return and spent the next three months camping in the mountains of Oahu.
|Fort Jackson commander facing adultery charges|
The Army says the commanding general of Fort Jackson, S.C., has been suspended in connection with charges of adultery and involvement in a physical altercation.
|'The Bishop' sentenced to 37 years in prison|
An Iowa letter carrier was sentenced to 37 years in prison Tuesday for sending dud pipe bombs with letters signed "The Bishop" in an odd but potentially deadly bid to drive up the value of shares he owned.
|Texas judge: Lesbian couple can't cohabitate|
|A judge has ruled that a North Texas lesbian couple can't live together because of a morality clause in one of the women's divorce papers.|
|NY judge refuses to dismiss Kerry Kennedy case|
|Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is likely to go on trial in the fall after a town judge refused to dismiss a drugged-driving case against her Tuesday.|
|Pentagon requests $450 million to maintain and upgrade Guantanamo Bay|
The Pentagon wants more than $450 million for maintaining and upgrading the Guantanamo Bay prison that President Barack Obama wants to close.