If you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911.

Vehicle Theft + Running/Unattended Vehicles

This is a hot topic every fall/winter so here is a compilation of local/state laws/ordinances regarding this.

There is no state law in Minnesota prohibiting leaving a vehicle running while unattended.

You can view/search all Minnesota Statutes here: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/

Some cities do have ordinances prohibiting leaving a vehicle running while unattended.

*DISCLAIMER: This information was compiled by searching each cities ordinances for the word ‘unattended’, ‘keys’ and ‘ignition’, and reading each result for relevant information.

This is provided as a tool to help others find relevant information, and this is not legal advice. You are advised to do your own research in addition to this compilation of links. This group/website is not run or monitored by any law enforcement agency. For more information regarding any of these laws/ordinances, please contact the appropriate authority for your area.

If you find that any of this information is outdated, inaccurate or if there are links that no longer work – please contact me and let me know.

City of Anoka https://library.municode.com/mn/anoka/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CD_CH66TRVE_ARTIISTSTPA_DIV1GE_S66-47KEBEREVE

City of Blaine

City of Coon Rapids

City of Columbia Heights:
10.305  TRAFFIC, MOTOR VEHICLES. (A) (1) https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/columbiahts/latest/columbiaheights_mn/0-0-0-7688

City of Columbus

City of Centerville

City of Circle Pines

City of East Bethel
Sec. 70-148 https://library.municode.com/mn/east_bethel/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_CH70TRMOVE_ARTVRESN_S70-148LEUN

City of Fridley

City of Ham Lake

City of Lexington

City of Lino Lakes

City of Oak Grove

City of Ramsey
Sec. 54-37

City of St. Francis


In 2018, 81,911 vehicles were stolen with keys left in them in the United States. (Source)
The total number of vehicles stolen in the United States in 2018 was 748,841.
The percentage of vehicles stolen with keys in them accounts for 10.93% of the total number of vehicles stolen that year. (Source: Math)

Insurance Information Institute – Vehicle Theft Stats: https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-auto-theft

Vehicle Theft Prevention

Take Your Keys ALWAYS Campaign – State of Minnesota

You Hold The Key to Prevent Auto Theft – State of Minnesota

Minnesota Auto Thefts Data Dashboard – Interactive Statistics

Minnesota Top Ten Most Stolen Vehicles (Posted 2022)

Minnesota Auto Theft Prevention – Tips from the Experts

Minnesota Auto Theft Prevention Toolkit – MN Dept. of Commerce

National Insurance Crime Bureau – Auto Theft Prevention

What to do if your car is stolen – State of Minnesota