CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - No one needs to be told that a cold snap is hitting the region. All you have to do step outside and reality hits.
Some people may be tempted to leave their cars running unattended so it can warm up.
"Don't be an easy target," police said. "Don't be a victim"
According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police (CMPD), 56 vehicles were reported stolen between Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.
"I don't know if all of those vehicle thefts involved people who left the key in the ignition for the car to warm up," CMPD spokesperson Rob Tufano said. "I suspect there's some of them."
Tufano added, "I know it's convenient. Everybody wants to get into a toasty car in the morning. What's worse than getting into a cold car is walking to your driveway, out to your driveway and having no car."
Police say culprits are well aware of drivers' tendencies to warm up their cars.
"Don't think for a second these thieves aren't smart enough to know when the temperatures drop, people are doing this. They're warming their cars up and they're looking for opportunities."
In North Carolina, it's against the law to leave vehicles running unattended.