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Metropolitan Police Department Commander Kimberly Chisley-Missouri just sent this reminder to the e-mail list for the Fourth District, which includes Petworth, Brightwood, and Takoma:
During cold weather, it may be tempting to leave your vehicle running to warm up or while you run inside a residence or business. Please remember it is also tempting for theives who take advantage of this.
Yesterday, 4D had 3 stolen autos reported. The vehicle was left running and unattended in all three cases.
Remember, please do not leave your vehicle running unattended. Take the keys and remove any items of value.
Presumably, the next message will remind Fourth District residents to breathe.