Keeping your vehicle safe from thieves this winter

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Lincoln, NE -- Many of us are warming up our vehicles before work, but police say they see a spike in car thefts during these winter months.

During the month of December in 2015, Police say 32 vehicles in the Capital City were stolen, because drivers were trying to heat up their cars.

"Even if it's a minute or two that gives someone the opportunity to take your vehicle," said Lincoln Police Officer, Matt Stegman.

Police says on December 3rd one suspect took that opportunity. Officer Stegman says the suspect stole the vehicle from someones driveway, while it was running. According to Stegman, the suspect then proceeded to steal items from the Stop and Shop on North 27th street.

"We are going to have several other shoplifts where this vehicle is involved," said Officer Stegman.

There are ways to avoid this from happening to you, police say if you do want to warm up your car, make sure you're in it.

"If you are going to go out and warm it up, lock your car doors, if you have a spare set of keys, lock it up or sit in the car while its warming up," said Officer Stegman.

Stegman says you can also buy an electric car starter, if you want to avoid the cold weather.

If you have any information on this suspect, call Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.