Police see rise in unattended running cars stolen
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Local police say they are seeing more cars stolen that are left running unattended by their owners.
Stolen vehicle reports show nine cars were stolen while keys were left in the ignition during a recent one-week span.
Police say criminals often use stolen cars for other crimes or to sell parts.
Authorities want to remind car owners that it's illegal to leave your car unattended while it is running. The fine for doing so is $195.
A stolen car is also expensive to get back after police track it down, due to towing and storage fees.
"The second it takes to shut off the ignition, remove the key and lock the doors is minor in comparison to the financial hardship that can result from leaving your vehicle running and unattended," police said in a release Friday.