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Warming up your car unattended is illegal in Colorado

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Published: Jan. 10, 2016 at 5:59 PM MST
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As the temperatures continue to be chilly outside, you might be tempted to warm up your car by leaving it running while you wait inside.

It's called puffing and it's against Colorado law.

Puffing does not only waste gas, but it also makes your car a target for thieves.

Grand Junction police reports show that there were 37 motor vehicle thefts from December 2014 to February 2015.

Officers are not sure if it's directly related to puffing but during winter months it makes for an easy target as you leave your car unattended and running.

"It's very tempting to go out, start your car, let it warm up, let the windows defrost, but there are bad guys out there that are looking for people that have done exactly that,” said Heidi Davidson, the public information coordinator for the Grand Junction Police Department

One ticket can cost about $100.

“It might take a few more minutes in the morning, but it’s worth it. Go out, start your car, sit in it, let it warm up. It’s not worth a ticket, and it’s certainly not worth getting your automobile, which is often valued at upwards of $10,000, stolen from your possession,” Davidson said.