Ask A Trooper

by Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol

Q-Is it illegal to leave your unattended car running with the keys in the ignition?

A-There are some cities that have local ordinances against it, but there is no state statute that prohibits it.

In Duluth it is a violation of City Ordinance 33-91 to leave your vehicle unattended with the keys in it. Check your local ordinances in reference to this rule.

Car prowls and vehicle thefts are crimes of opportunity. There are many vehicle thefts where the vehicle was left unattended; the keys were left inside, doors unlocked, and the engine running. This makes it very easy for auto thieves to take your car. Get into the habit of locking your vehicle each time you are going to leave it unattended and take the keys with you.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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