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During 2019, 11% of total car thefts nationwide were attributed to keys being left inside of a vehicle, the NICB reported. <i>(Credit: Yinan Chen/Wiki Commons)</i> During 2019, 11% of total car thefts nationwide were attributed to keys being left inside of a vehicle, the NICB reported.  (Credit: Yinan Chen/Wiki Commons)

No one enjoys going for a cruise in a freeze cold car, leading many to warm up their vehicles during the winter months before heading off.

While letting the car run when you clear snow and ice from the windshield is a great way to pass the time while the engine gets up to temp, those leaving their rides unattended, or “puffing,” are not only breaking the law in some states, such as Colorado, they are also upping the chance of having their car stolen, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is an assistant editor with PC360 Group. Prior to his current position, Steve spent nearly a decade covering retail transformation, consumer trends, manufacturing issues and supply chain challenges impacting global CPG markets. He can be reached at [email protected], and on LinkedIn and Twitter.  

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