As the temperatures drop across Western New York and people start to warm up their cars, car thefts and break-ins are on the rise.

Well, one local police department took to Twitter with a hilarious reminder on why you should lock your car doors. They created a pretty funny flow chart for you to follow to see if you should lock your car doors.

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In New York State, you can be fined for letting your car run without a person inside of it.

According to New York State Law 1210. It is illegal for you to leave your car running and idling if it is unattended.

§ 1210. Unattended  motor  vehicle. (a) 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
  vehicle, and effectively setting the brake thereon  and,  when  standing
  upon  any  grade,  turning  the  front wheels to the curb or side of the
  highway, provided, however, the provision for removing the key from  the
  vehicle  shall  not  require the removal of keys hidden from sight about
  the vehicle for convenience or emergency.

So, this winter make sure you keep your car's door locked!


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