Reminder: Letting your car run unattended is illegal

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton Police Department is reminding Ohioans to guard against car theft and possible charges they could face by leaving their vehicle running unattended.

The colder temperatures are tempting motorists to warm up their cars by starting them, then leaving them.

However, according to Ohio law 4511.611, "no person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition, effectively setting the parking brake, and, when the motor vehicle is standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of a highway."

In addition, police are reminding residents of the potential loss of a vehicle to a criminal.

"Besides being issues a citation for this violation, your vehicle would be stolen," said Hamilton Police Chief Neil R. Ferdelman. "Thieves also have access to your valuables