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Idling Cars Prime Targets for Idle Hands

Don’t leave idling car unattended

SALT LAKE CITY — Drivers who leave a vehicle idling but unattended this winter may wind up with a friendly reminder from police – if they’re lucky.

From November 2, 2012, to March 29, 2013, thieves stole at least 88 cars left idling and unattended, according to numbers provided by investigators from SLCPD’s Auto Theft Unit. As a result, officers will be looking for unattended, idling cars to leave drivers this friendly reminder:

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Note: A city ordinance enacted in 2011 also prohibits the idling of vehicles within city limits for more than two minutes, although there is an exemption when temperatures drop below 32-degrees Fahrenheit. Parking Enforcement, part of Salt Lake City Public Services Compliance Division, enforces this ordinance.

Contact: Reporters seeking comment should contact the Public Information Officer at 801.799.NEWS (6397).

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