Leaving your car unattended while warming it up is an invite to thieves patrolling the area.
USC Police Captain Eric Grabski says leaving your car unattended is an open invitation to thieves.
By: Matthew Harvey
Warming up your car in the morning is more dangerous than you think. This winter, there has been an increased number of thefts from unlocked cars left running in driveways.
USC student Chase Bollinger was a victim of car theft this winter. Bollinger left his car unattended while heating it up in the morning. Thieves took money from the center console. USC Police Captain Eric Grabski says leaving cars unlocked and unattended are targets for thieves patrolling the area.
"When your vehicle is running and unattended, someone may think they can get in your vehicle, and if you approach that situation it might become dangerous, so the best advice is to not let your car run unattended," Grabski said.
Mechanics the reason for warming up your car in the morning is a myth and unnecessary. Bryan Bucknight of Gervais Street Auto Care believes the habit of warming up cars is unnecessary.
"It's a little over excessive, it's just needs to get to operating temperature. Operating temperature takes two to five minutes", Bucknight said.
Bollinger says he spends far less time now leaving his car unsupervised.