COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Yes, it's cold. Yes, no one likes being in a freezing cold vehicle this time of year.
But it is illegal to leave your vehicle running unattended in South Carolina - and most importantly, it could lead you to get your car stolen.
Because no one wants to report someone sneaking around their car, like this man seen in a recent video in northeast Columbia:
Richland County Sheriff's Department's Director of Community Initiatives Maj. Stephany Snowden says that around this time last year, about 80 vehicles were taken in a 3-month span because of unattended, running vehicles.
"You'd be more inconvenienced if your car was stolen and you'd be late to work," Maj. Snowden said. "It's in your best interest to be safe - always."
Snowden says while most of the vehicles were recovered, following the law and not leaving cars unattended would prevent not wasting investigative resources. Maj. Snowden also said that includes keyless start vehicles - the law is about leaving the cars running unattended, not just having the key physically in the ignition.
She also says that RCSD has posted daily updates on their Facebook page telling followers to be safe and not leave cars running unattended in driveways and at other locations, like gas stations and grocery stores. She also mentioned one important thing: never leave children and pets unattended, because that could lead to additional charges for the car owner.