RHINELANDER - During these extremely cold conditions, some people choose to warm up their cars before they leave for their destination.
This often means leaving a car unattended….and a perfect target to get stolen. Two cars were stolen within a four hour period Thursday in Wausau, after being left unlocked and running.
Detective sergeant Kyle Parish of the Rhinelander Police Department says there are a few ways to warm your car without leaving it vulnerable to thieves.
"If it's unlocked, they can just take it and be able to go wherever they want. If you are going to warn up your vehicle during this weather, you can lock your keys in your car if you have a second set," said Parish. "A better option is to use a remote start."
If your unattended car does get stolen, you should immediately call the police. Cars are typically found faster if you tell them identifying aspects like the license plate number or any stickers.
"If the vehicle is found within 24 hours without any damage it's typically considered a misdemeanor, if it's found after that then it would be a felony," said Parish.
Nearly ten of these cases have been reported in Rhinelander in the past four years. Parish says majority of the stolen vehicles were taken by people that knew the owner.