Over the past two weeks, the Calgary Police Service has been checking city streets for cars left running to warm up before morning commutes.
According to a release from CPS, a total of 697 vehicles with keys left inside their vehicles were found during Operation Cold Start, and police spoke to each owner about the dangers of doing so.
Not only is your car at risk of being stolen, the release states, but it also puts others in danger, as drivers in stolen vehicles are much more likely to drive recklessly, and to use those vehicles to commit other crimes.
Calgary saw 5,758 vehicles stolen last year alone, and in the two weeks of Operation Cold Start, 32 vehicles were reported stolen while they were being warmed up.
Police are asking that Calgarians be vigilant when warming up their vehicles, and have supplied a list of tips for keeping themselves, their cars, and everyone else safe from would-be thieves.