WINNIPEG — An increase in the number of vehicles being stolen have been reported due to the recent cold spell.
Winnipeg police are reminding motorists not to leave their vehicles left running unattended while warming them up.
Police also say each year a number of vehicles are stolen as a result of keys being left in the ignition, or spare keys left within the passenger compartment.
Police suggest motorists do not leave spare keys within their vehicle.
Manitoba Public Insurance says for the three month period from December 2013 to February 2014, there were 269 thefts involving keys. Of those, 162 of the thefts — 60 percent — involved keys left in the ignition, or somewhere within the vehicle.
An extreme cold warning issued by Environment Canada over the weekend was lifted for Winnipeg on Monday morning.