Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
Department of Emergency Management
The only difference between adventure and disaster is preparedness.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
More timely advice from Longview Police
drivers to not leave vehicles unattended while warming them up in cold weather
Longview Police Department is
issuing another reminder for drivers to not leave their vehicles unattended
when warming them up during freezing temperatures.
In mid-December, police responded
to three reports of vehicles being stolen on the same day when people left the
engines running and then left their vehicles unattended for a few minutes.
“With this week’s below freezing
temperatures, it’s tempting to start your vehicle and let it warm up while
you’re inside your home away from the cold,” said LPD community service officer
Cindy Lopez Werth. “But doing that increases the chances your vehicle will be
Werth said she has heard some
people say that they turn on their engines, then lock their vehicles and take
their spare key inside their homes. “Some people think that locking their
vehicles with the engine running is smart, but a determined thief will not
hesitate to bust out a window to steal a car,” she said.
If a vehicle is stolen, the
victim should have the license plate number and description available when
calling police. If one cannot remember the license plate number, check vehicle
insurance paperwork. If it doesn’t have the license plate number, look for the
vehicle identification number (VIN). The police dispatcher can determine the
license plate number based on the VIN.
The non-emergency dispatch
number, which operates 24-7, is 577-3098. Call 911 for emergencies and in