‘Puffing’ Car Thefts Up

  • The term “puffing” is probably a word that most folks have never heard of, at least not when it’s described in the context of auto theft – but winter weather ushers in “Puffing Season” across much of the United States. Because of that, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) encourages vehicle owners to think twice before leaving their vehicles running unattended.
  • “Puffing,” or leaving a car running unattended, is a common practice of drivers during both summer and winter months. It can be tempting to leave a vehicle running during a quick errand or getting ready in the morning, but while this seemingly harmless action seems low risk, the statistics tell a different story. Criminals are ready and waiting to hop in and take off with a vehicle in a matter of minutes.