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Maria Keena
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - With the cold temperatures comes the temptation to start your car and go back inside until it warms up.

St. Louis Police Lieutenant Paul Nocchiero tells KMOX that’s not only a bad idea, it’s against the law in the City of St. Louis.

Nocchiero says 101 vehicles have been stolen, all of which were left running and unattended.

“The thief could get into the car and drive it off, or on several occasions we’ve had parked idling cars jump gears because the transmissions were old and they rolled down the hill and caused accidents,” he says.

Nocchiero says even if you have a remote start or have your car running and locked, if the car is unattended you can be issued a citation.

“It’s a public safety concern, and it will help you not to be a victim of a crime,” he says.

Nocchiero encourages drivers to warm their vehicles, but make sure you are outside with it.

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