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Fewer cars stolen in Pueblo because of “puffing”

Posted at 5:56 PM, Dec 22, 2018

PUEBLO – Pueblo Police say fewer people are getting their cars stolen because of “puffing.”

In fact, there was a 44 percent drop in cases from October through November compared to last year, according to police.

If you’re not familiar, “puffing” is the practice of leaving your car running while unattended to warm it up in the cold weather. This makes your car an easy target for thieves and it’s illegal in Colorado.

With the temperatures dropping, it’s the time of year those thefts start to pick up. To try and combat this, police are sending out warnings to protect yourself.

If you’re caught leaving your running car unattended, you can be fined. However, puffer laws do not apply to vehicles with remote-start features.