Police are warning motorists about the dangers of leaving cars unattended to defrost.
Over 100 residents across the county have been spoken to by police to warn them of the risk they take if they leave their car unattended with the keys in the ignition during the cold snap.
The neighbourhood policing team have visited local estates in the early morning when this type of behaviour typically occurs.
Neighbourhood Policing Sgt Lynn Kelly said she was “astounded” about the numbers of drivers unaware of the risks and possible legal consequences of the action.
She said: “Leaving your keys in your ignition whilst you defrost your car makes your vehicle a target for thieves.
“I have been astounded at the number of residents that take this risk.
“Motorists need to remember that they are not insured if they don’t take care of their vehicles, which includes leaving the keys in the ignition whilst defrosting.
“Not only that but it is actually an offence if it is done on a public road.
“Anyone committing this offence can be given a non-endorsable fixed penalty notice of £60 for leaving an unattended vehicle with the engine running.
“It can be an expensive mistake to make.
“Ensure your car is locked and secure at all times.”
Further crime prevention advice can be found on the Lancashire Constabulary website: www.lancashire.police.uk.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is also warning drivers to be vigilant.
A recent report by the body said that nearly half of motorists - 47 per cent - admit to leaving their car unattended on frosty mornings while it warms up.