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DPD: How not to let your car get stolen on cold days

It doesn't seem like the Denver Police Department should have to remind people not to leave their cars unlocked and running.

But then, the DPD is like our dads, always pointing out the obvious, and we, the citizens of Denver, are like obstinate children, always doing stupid stuff on purpose.

And that's why dad, uh, the DPD has pointed out this chilly morning that hundreds of cars are stolen every winter - keys already in the ignition -- by thieves who look for telltale puffs of exhaust rising from tailpipes.

Not only is it stupid to leave your car unattended while its warning up, in fact, it's also illegal. The city's "puffer" ordinance includes any car that is left running and attended, even those that are locked.

Now, stop making ugly expressions or your face will stay that way.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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