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The one thing you’re doing that will get your car stolen and earn you a ticket

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Nov 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-24 13:54:00-05

WEST VALLEY CITY – Like to warm up your car before heading out?

Police are warning drivers to make sure they in the vehicle if that is the case.

Officers said they are finding several running cars left unattended each morning.

West Valley City Police said they call them “puffers,” thieves who target cars left running.

As Fox 13 tagged along with officers, police found a total of six cars running and unattended in just half an hour.

Police are warning drivers about giving thieves the open invitation but also about the drivers breaking the law.

“We understand it`s a convenience factor but it`s a lot more inconvenient if your car is taken,” WVC Police Chief Lee Russo said. “You`re going to miss a day’s worth of work. Your kid might not get to school on time. It`s a lot of hassle.”

The round-up is about education and warning but officers said you can get a ticket for leaving your car on and unattended.

The fine will cost you about $55.