Metro police urge residents to not leave cars unattended

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is urging motorists not to leave their vehicles running unattended to warm up.

Each year, nearly half of all vehicles stolen had the keys left inside or made available to thieves. There are cases where thieves have cruised neighborhoods and businesses looking for vehicles that were warming up. Some were even taken while children or pets were inside.

These vehicles have also been used as getaway cars in other crimes.

A Metro ordinance prohibits the leaving of running vehicles and state law also prohibits leaving running vehicles unattended.

The police department’s continuing PARK SMART campaign strongly urges citizens to lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables and remove the keys.