During the winter season, 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. Follow these tips to avoid "warm up thefts”

-Never leave the registration or title in your car. If stolen, it makes it easier for the thief to dispose of your vehicle.

- 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.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where your vehicle or items have been stolen, follow these steps:

- Contact police immediately to file a stolen-vehicle report. You’ll need a copy of the police report and/or a case number to provide to your insurance company.

-Contact your insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of when you discovered your vehicle/items were stolen.