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Law enforcement: Leaving your car running in the Tahoe cold a risky choice

Staff report

This graph shows the number of reported Grand Theft Auto crimes to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office the past four winters.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — December, January and February are statistically the worst months for vehicle thefts in Washoe County, according to a four-year analysis done by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

Considering that, WCSO is predicting an increase in vehicle thefts in the coming months, officials said this week — unless proper steps are taken by the public.

The Sheriff's Office believes that the increase in motor vehicle thefts during periods of colder temperatures is primarily due to the number of vehicles that are left unattended while warming up, officials said in a news release. "Auto thieves are aware of this practice and look for opportunities to take advantage of it."

According to the analysis, the 2014-15 winter season had the lowest number of motor vehicle thefts and was the warmest winter season of those included.

Comparatively, the 2013-14 winter saw the highest number of motor vehicle thefts — and was the coldest season of those included.

Visit bit.ly/1NpBQ7f to view the full analysis.

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Further, according to the Nevada Division of Insurance, many drivers are not aware their auto insurance policy may not cover vehicle theft or damage caused by wind, fire, flood, a falling object, or vandalism.

"Comprehensive coverage can help protect consumers from incidents other than those caused by a collision," according to WCSO. "Comprehensive coverage is optional; however, it may be required by a lender when there is a loan on the car."

Visit doi.nv.gov to learn more about insurance laws and tips.