Puffer enforcement week: Aurora police ticketing drivers who leave cars running unattended

AURORA, Colo. - Police in Aurora are on puffer enforcement this frigid morning -- and it didn't take long for the operation to warm up.

Within 15 minutes, four officers had found four cars left running unattended, the Aurora Police Department tweeted at 5:30 a.m.

Puffer Week is a statewide awareness and enforcement push designed to educate the public about the risks, dangers and heightened crime associated with auto theft, specifically “puffers.”

"Great to see people using automatic starts and sitting with their vehicles as they warm up," police tweeted a few minutes later.

A few minutes later police tweeted, "Sgt. Hanifin from Dist 2 fills out his first puffer citation."

At 5:55 a.m. officers tweeted, "Waiting for owner... To give a ticket"

"This puffer left their vehicle lights on. Making it an even easier target for thieves," police tweeted at 6 a.m. with a photo of a gold Grand Prix.

"Better to be cold sitting in your car then standing out in the cold when you find your vehicle has been stolen," police said.

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