More than 10% of Colorado auto thefts are cars running with the keys left inside

Although some of the season’s coldest weather may have passed, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists to avoid leaving their vehicles “puffing,” or running unattended, in their driveways or on the street.  Last year, 11,304 vehicles were reported stolen in Colorado.  Nearly 1,700 of the stolen vehicles were taken not by force, but while the vehicle was running with the keys in the ignition, unattended (puffing).

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Puffer Week reminds motorists of dangers of ‘puffing’

DENVER – Coloradans Against Auto Theft and Colorado Auto Theft Investigators once again teamed up for this year’s “Puffer Week,” slated for Jan. 27 through 31. The week-long statewide awareness and enforcement push aims to educate the public about the risks, dangers and heightened crime associated with auto theft, specifically “puffers” – cars left running unattended.

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Annual Puffer Week Drives Home Need for Auto Theft Awareness

Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) and Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI) once again teamed up for this year’s “Puffer Week,” slated for Jan. 27-31. The weeklong statewide awareness and enforcement push aims to educate the public about the risks, dangers and heightened crime associated with auto theft, specifically “puffers” – cars left running unattended.

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Woman Arrested in Stolen Car

At 10:30 Friday night police received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked along Dream Lane near Academy and North Carefree in Colorado Springs. When officers went out to the neighborhood they approached the car. But as they did they say 26 year old Justin Coalson got out of the car and started running.

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Don’t leave it running, say police

Let’s face it, most of us are guilty. When the temperature dips to bone-numbing temperatures, we like to warm up our vehicles before hopping in. his practice puts law enforcement on edge. For starters, it’s illegal in Colorado to leave a car running unattended. While police officers probably won’t cite residents for doing it, they warn that a running vehicle is a green light for thieves to snatch a car.

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Vehicle theft increasing in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs police reported a decrease in stolen vehicles last month but the crime remains the city’s fastest-growing, according to Chief Pete Carey. Carey said vehicle theft has increased 20 percent this year.  In January, the Police Department created a five man unit dedicated to the crime.  The unit includes three detectives, a sergeant and an investigator with the Colorado State Patrol.

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