chvnradio.com

Now Playing What just played?

THE COLOR

ONE SURE THING

Listen Live

It's a common part of Canadian winters, but police in Winnipeg are reminding the public not to leave running vehicles with keys in them unattended.

While we've experienced some of the coldest November days on record, the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) is asking people to resist the temptation to warm up your car if you have to leave the keys in.

stolen vanThis screenshot from a Winnipeg community Facebook group shows just how quick a running vehicle can be taken.

Every winter, the WPS says, Winnipeg sees a dramatic spike in the number of vehicles stolen. The majority of those vehicles are left running with keys in, in order to warm them up. The WPS says it can happen very quick - much quicker than most people think.

The WPS recommends either investing in command start for your vehicle or simply waiting to start it until you're ready to leave.

Last winter as many as 85% of cars stolen had keys in the ignition, or within reach inside the vehicle, according to stats released by Manitoba Public Insurance.

While the frigid temperatures of late might make the thought of having a warm vehicle while you head to work tempting, an unattended vehicle running with keys in them, even if it's locked, is simply too tempting for would-be thieves. "It's an open invitation if somebody's walking past, and if they're cold and want to get out of there, or want to take your vehicle for a ride, then that vehicle is very appealing for them," the WPS says.

HSC program designed to care for sexual assault survivors in safe, supportive setting

Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre is trying to raise awareness of its Sexual Assault…

Police talk street party security

Winnipeg Police aren't planning any major changes to their operations at the next…

The Church's response to Toronto attacks

A day after a senseless act in Toronto claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 13…

Giving dignity to kids in care

After finding out that children within the Child and Family Services system in Manitoba…

"Be truthful": tips on answering kids' questions after violence

The news can be difficult even for adults. For kids, it might provide a sense of worry…

Missing teen last seen in Selkirk

Selkirk RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in looking for a missing teen.

Prime Minister issues statement on Toronto attack

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released a statement on yesterday's van attack in…

Son of terrorist shares his story in Winnipeg

From being in a terrorist organization to being undercover and finding Christ, Mosab…

Province reviewing codes governing municipal official accepted behaviour

The province will be looking into how it can make changes to the Municipal Act and other…

RCMP fine motorcyclist nearly $3,000

Manitoba RCMP says a motorcyclist's need for speed was extremely dangerous and…

Nuclear threat in Osborne area unfounded

It was a tense evening for some residents in the Osborne area.

Upcycled bicycles for auction

Looking for a sweet new ride? Check out the City's annual unclaimed bike auction.

Rising waters close river walk

Normal spring river levels have closed part of the river walk along the Assiniboine River.

Bike registry means faster returns to owners

Updates to the City's bike registry program mean you can expect to reunite with your lost…

Providence University College graduates 175 students

175 students graduated from Providence University College and Seminary this past weekend.

New map helps cyclists navigate Winnipeg

Winnipeg has been slowly transforming into a more bike-friendly city. Now, a new map will…

Used book sale sets two records

The longest running green fundraiser in the world has set yet another record.

Pistons win MJHL championship

The Steinbach Pistons used a pair of first period goals scored less than a minute apart…

Above normal temperatures going into May

Southern Manitoba can expect to keep enjoying the warm weather we've been having.

Safety important around emergency vehicles

After a police cruiser collided with another car and a building while responding to a…