Sitting in a freezing car is not anyone's idea of fun, but leaving vehicles unlocked with keys in the ignition to warm up is a bad idea.
"Thefts of idling vehicles is especially common in winter," said Fort Saskatchewan Constable Janice Schoepp.
Three vehicles were reported stolen after having been left unlocked while idling on Friday (Feb.9) alone.
One of the vehicles has since been located.
Unlocked, idling vehicles are an easy target for opportunistic criminals.
To avoid theft when warming up your vehicle, Schoepp suggested getting a remote start. If a remote start is not an option, she added, it could also be useful to have a spare set of keys to lock and unlock your car while it is idling.