This year, hoping to cut down on that number and remind motorists that it is against the law to leave vehicles unoccupied and running police will be looking specifically for unattended, idling cars.
Drivers returning to such vehicles could find this friendly notice attached to their windshields:
"A Criminal Could've Stolen Your Car!
"Every year in Salt Lake City there are nearly 3,000 vehicles stolen. Many were left running and unattended in driveways, parking lots, etc.
"Please help us reduce this crime of opportunity by not leaving your vehicle like this. We opted to leave you this car instead of a citation. ... Thank you, the SLCPD Auto Theft Unit."
Unattended idling of vehicles is restricted under both State Code 41-6a-1403 and city ordinance 12.56.080.