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Don't Get Left in the Cold by Car Thieves

Arvada, CO – With colder temperatures in the morning, an increasing number of Arvada residents have started warming their cars by leaving the engine running. This practice has also increased the number of auto thefts (commonly referred to as puffer-related car thefts) in the City.


It is for this reason that it is illegal to leave your car running unattended in Arvada. Puffer-related car thefts have doubled so far this year compared to all of 2011, going from six to 12.


“Starting your day with a cold car is better than starting your day with a stolen car,” said Deputy Chief Lynn Johnson. “It’s very tempting to want to leave your car running unattended, but it only takes a matter of seconds for your vehicle to be stolen.”


Other facts related to puffer thefts in Arvada:

  • Most puffer thefts occur between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., with the largest number of thefts occurring between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Tuesday is the day of the week with the highest number of puffer-related auto thefts.


For residents who have keyless systems for their cars, they can leave their vehicle running if they remove the key, lock the ignition and set the brake of the car in compliance with the law.