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Fairbanks police warn of thefts of cars left running, unlocked in cold

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are warning Fairbanks motorists that 'tis the season for car thefts.

During the cold weather many cars are left running in parking lots, many of them unlocked. Throw in the holiday season, complete with back seats full of expensive gifts, and you have a thief's dream.

''It's so easy for them it is pathetic,'' said Fairbanks police Sgt. Ron Bowers. ''If people were out to steal things, this is the ideal time for them to be out and on the prowl. They know people are going to be out shopping. They know there will be valuables in the vehicles.''

Fairbanks police received several reports of stolen vehicles Saturday night and Sunday morning. It wasn't a rash by any means, but they all had one characteristic in common, Bowers said. The cars were unlocked and running.

Bowers said such thefts inevitably increase when the mercury drops.

''It is pretty typical this time of year. People go shopping and visiting a friend and leave their cars unlocked and running,'' he said. ''The only thing they are not doing us putting a big sign out saying 'steal me.'''



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