NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Have you heard about warm-up thefts?  You can bet the average car thief has. North Plainfield Police Chief William G. Parenti would like to remind our residents that car thieves may be on the prowl for your car during this current cold snap.

During the cold winter months, area drivers may be tempted to warm up their cars while they stay warm inside.  But cars left running, unlocked, and unattended are quick and easy targets for thieves.  Chief Parenti offers the following tips so you won't be left out in the cold:

*    Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when are away from it, even for "just a minute."
*    Keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk.  Purses, credit cards, and cell phones in plain view only help attract thieves.
*    Always roll up the windows and lock your car, even if it is in your
driveway, garage, or in front of your home.
*    Never leave the registration or title in your car. If stolen, it makes
it easier for the thief to dispose of your vehicle.  It can also make you a target for identity theft.
*    Be alert when approaching your car, have a plan of action, and have your keys in your hand. Check around, under and in your vehicle for suspicious individuals. Immediately leave the scene to get help if you have any concerns for your safety.
*    Only park your car in busy, well-lighted areas.
*    If your vehicle has an alarm or other anti-theft device, use it.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the North Plainfield Police Department (908) 769-2937.