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Ewing Mayor: Don’t Leave Cars Unlocked, Unattended While Warming Them Up

idleEwing Mayor Bert Steinmann sent a robo call out to residents this afternoon warning them that there has been a recent surge in auto thefts in the town. The reason? The mayor said residents are starting their cars to warm them up in the cold weather. They then go back inside and leave the vehicles running.

“The Ewing Township Police Department has asked me to urge all residents to keep their vehicles locked at all times,” Steinmann said, cautioning residents to remove all of their personal belongings and valuables from their vehicles before locking them.

“If you see any suspicious activity or persons in your neighborhood looking in or around park cars, please call 911 and let the police department know immediately,” Steinmann said.

Steinmann failed to mention another reason it is not a good idea to leave a vehicle running and unattended. Idling for more than three minutes is illegal in New Jersey and causes an unnecessary release of contaminants into the air.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Stephen

    Idling your vehicle is not full-on illegal in NJ; there’s just a three minute limit imposed. Or if you have a motorcycle, you can idle for as long as you like.

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