It’s crazy that this needs to be reminded. Still, here we are…

BPD Community Advisory: In recent weeks, the Boston Police Department has received several reports of motor vehicles being stolen after they were left running and unattended by the operator. While many victims are local delivery drivers, other incidents involve residents who started their vehicles to warm them up or defrost the windows as we begin to experience cooler temperatures in the overnight and early morning hours.

Not only is this a citable offense in the City of Boston, but the driver is also left vulnerable to possible vehicle theft. Drivers should never under any circumstances leave their motor vehicle running while unattended. Remember, a cold car is better than no car at all.


  1. mplo November 4, 2022 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Leaving a car with its engine going, and unattended?!? Wow!! That’s awfully risky–not only does it ;help pollute the air, and consume a lot of gasoline, but, yes, there’s the risk of it being stolen! Not a good idea, overall.

  2. Timbo November 6, 2022 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Ok see how many SoBo residents obey this rule come January when their car seat is an ice cube & the steering wheel Is frozen. They start their car then go inside, let it run for ten minutes until it warms up. It’s even too cold for car thieves. The carbon footprint takes a back seat to a frozen derrière. You know I’m right !

  3. David Connolly November 17, 2022 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Where is BTD on my block? Fourth Street between K and L. We usually have at least a third of the cars parked here with out of state plates, or no Resident sticker. These scofflaws can’t park across L Street because it’s all Resident parking as it should be everywhere, so they hide on my block. Go try to park in the South End. Why are we different? I expect this post to be ignored.

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