A resident who left a vehicle running in a driveway to warm it up has learned a hard lesson when it was stolen.
It’s a common practice but RCMP are warning against the possible consequences.
“Kamloops RCMP officers have noticed a number of vehicles that have been left unattended in the process of warming them up – whether they’re going to work, or just heading out,” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said today (Nov. 27, 2019).
“This is the time of year that we see more and more ‘warm-up thefts’ occurring.”
Most of these stolen vehicles are taken from residential driveways, gas stations or convenience stores as people are running in and grabbing an item, while leaving their car running, she said.
The inconvenience of having your car stolen is one factor, but this is also a situation where the vehicles can be used in other crimes, hit and runs, and potential break and enters, Shelkie continued.
If they’re taken from a gas station or variety store, the vehicle usually contains a number of personal documents or a garage door opener. The thieves then know who you are, where you live, and have access to your garage and residence.
Kamloops RCMP would also like to remind motorists that they must clear their windows of all ice and snow before driving onto city streets or highways. The Motor Vehicle Act states that drivers must have an unobstructed, clear view.
“Clearing your windshield is a matter of safety. Not being able to clearly see where you are driving or if there are pedestrians on the road could result in injury or death,” advised Cpl. Shelkie.
The fines under the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act for leaving a parked vehicle running and unattended – and for a window or windshield that impairs a driver’s vision, is $81 each.