In South Bend there appears to be a strong link between a recent crime wave, and this years cold wave.
So far in 2008, a total of 46-vehicles have been stolen.
When police took a closer look, they found that nearly half of the vehicles were taken as they idled, unattended.
That’s another way of saying they were warming up in the cold weather, while their owners waited in the house.
“It was a no brainer once you saw the circumstances,” said Police Captain Phil Trent. “They were vehicles pretty much out there being offered up.”
The situation appears to be common place. Today, in less than a half hour, Newscenter 16 found two cars idling while unattended on city streets. “You got babies in the car, know what I’m saying, you need your car warmed up for the kids,” said one the owner of one of the cars, Mark Dawning.
After hearing the latest statistical analysis, Dawning said “from now on, I’ll probably just sit in the car, because you never know.”
An anonymous South Bend man said it was common for him to warm up the car while he waited in the house. He wasn’t worried about becoming a victim of theft. “I got alarms,” he said, “my dogs in the back.”
To see how the other half lives, try visiting Chris Davis. “You know you just can’t take any chances. I’d rather sit inside and let it warm up, or I’ll stand outside and brush off the car, let it warm up, but I ain’t gonna leave it unattended, “