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With the recent cooler weather, the city of Fort Lupton has seen an increase in thefts of and from "puffing vehicles" and other unlocked motor vehicle thefts, as well as vehicle trespassing …
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With the recent cooler weather, the city of Fort Lupton has seen an increase in thefts of and from "puffing vehicles" and other unlocked motor vehicle thefts, as well as vehicle trespassing problems and other property crimes.
"These vehicle thefts can lead to more serious crimes and we would like to work with our community to deter these criminal acts from hitting home," said Fort Lupton Police Chief John Fryar. "It should be noted, the only vehicles stolen recently have been either running or unlocked — with or without the keys inside."
Fryar said a puffing vehicle is one left running unattended, unsecured, with keys in the ignition as drivers try to warm up their vehicles. This can occur at any time of the year but is more common during the colder months
A series of thefts from unlocked vehicles have been reported. There have been thefts reported with locked vehicles as well, according to the Fort Lupton police.
"We encourage our citizens to lock your vehicles when you leave them unattended and take valuable belongings inside," Chief Fryar said.
According to the Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1206, leaving an unattended vehicle running is a citable offense. If caught puffing, it will cost you a ticket. However, most car insurance policies will still cover the puffing car if it's stolen.
"If the vehicle is stolen due to puffing and you have comprehensive and collision coverage-its covered. If you don't- it's not covered. Puffing, you have to be careful, " said Paul Fazzini, Fort Lupton’s Farmers Insurance Agent.
If the number of vehicles stolen due to puffing continues to rise, before long it could increase insurance premiums, he said.
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