MORGAN COUNTY, Alabama – Now that the mornings are getting colder, many like to get up a little early to start their car and warm it up while continuing with their morning routine. If you are not careful, it could result in the theft of your vehicle.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is warning of “warm-up flights” this winter season.
On a Facebook post, the Sheriff’s Office describes the term ‘warm-up theft’ as a term widely used among car thieves to describe the theft of a car that has been left running and unattended to warm up. .
Mike Swafford, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office PIO, says just knowing the threat can help deter potential crimes as people are more aware, but of course you need to take extra steps.
“If you want to heat your car, lock it,” he said. “Have a second key. If it’s a remote start, it should be locked, so everything should be fine. Just be aware of the threat that leaving it unattended and running will just invite someone. to take it. “
Swafford says they haven’t received any reports of warm-up flights yet, but that’s to be expected. He hopes Morgan County can avoid thefts this winter.