Cars stolen while warming up in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police are warning drivers to take extra steps to keep cars that are routinely started and left to warm up from ending up stolen.

Four cars were reported stolen Tuesday that owners told police had been idling near their homes with unlocked doors.

Greensboro Police Department spokeswoman Susan Danielsen said there’s no pattern showing a group of thieves at work or any certain neighborhoods being targeted.

The only thing consistent over the past several mornings was the frosty temperatures hovering around 35 degrees.

FOX8 News took a look at Crime Mapping statistics which show a total of 13 motor vehicle theft reported to Greensboro police since last Wednesday. Most were taken from neighborhood streets near W. Wendover Avenue and N. Holden Road. A similar check in Winston-Salem found eight cars taken over the last week with the majority of victims living near U.S. Highway 52 and 311.

The revelation was a surprise to Tonya Austin who said part of her daily routine is running her car for 10 minutes while she slips back into her home to finish getting ready.

“I have a much older car and I usually need to crank it up in the morning,” said Austin.

Austin said she’d probably follow one of the police department’s recommendations to have an extra key made to lock her car in order to keep her vehicle in the driveway while she finishes up each morning.

“It will be worth it because I can't lose my car,” said Austin.

Another recommendation from police is to stay with any car that’s been started until you’re ready to leave.

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