TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Twin Falls Police Department said cars should not be unattended and turned off, even if just running into a store for a few minutes.
Sgt. Ryan Howe said leaving a car unattended and running can be an advertisement for getting cars and the things inside it stolen.
"It happens enough, and again if a car's running people know that it's probably not locked," Howe said.
Tylor Hall stopped by the gas station in Twin Falls on his way to Oregon. He made sure to lock his car.
"It's a security thing. It's so easy to steal cars, and it can happen in a moment," Hall said.
The police department said they see "a lot of stuff getting stolen."
"Cars not as often, but a car that's running is a target," Howe advised.
Grant Wolverton left his car running while he stopped in at the gas station.
"I wasn't going to be very long, so I don't think anyone's going to steal it," he said.
He said he knows the dangers and can live with the consequences.
"That'd be unfortunate, and that'd kind of be on me, but you know you never know," Wolverton said.
Another reason why Dianne Jolovich locks and turns off her car is for the Earth.
"To save energy. I don't to pollute when I'm just in there," she said.
Thieves can possibly steal something even more valuable than just items.
"If the thief decides to steal a car, he doesn't look to make sure that there's not children in it," Howe said.
Howe said it doesn't take that long to turn off a car even if someone is gone for a few minutes.
"It's a lot more convenient than having to report your car stolen and having to get your stuff back," he said.
Some owners, like Jolovich, just like to be cautious.
"Twin Falls is a very safe place, but there's no need to tempt people in case of something like that might happen," Jolovich said.