Drumheller RCMP are warning residents not to leave vehicles unattended while warming them up.
 
As temperatures plummet in Drumheller, people tend to start vehicles and walk back inside to stay warm. This is proving to be an unwise decision for some.
 
"Recently we had a vehicle in Drumheller that was stolen when they (the owner) had started it with their key fob and it's one of those vehicles where you have no ignition key, it's just a push button start and the fob wasn't in the vehicle but the vehicle is still able to drive away when somebody jumped in it and took it," explained Constable Eric Doucette of Drumheller RCMP.
 
He recommends staying in the vehicle while it warms up or to have a remote starter installed, which doesn't involve a key.
 
"As soon as you step on the break or try to shift gears it automatically stalls the vehicle," stated Doucette.
 
Police also recommend not leaving a vehicle running and unattended while running a quick errand, even if it's visible from the building. 
 
Doucette, who has an automotive past, says to let a vehicle warm up for at least five minutes before taking off.
 
"Just because it gets the hydraulics in the vehicle like your power steering and what have you, warmed up," he added. "If that's cold it does tend to blow hoses and clamps, that sort of thing. Though your vehicle may run fine, you may end up losing your power steering."
 
Arctic temperatures are expected to persist for several more days in the valley.
 

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