Gardai have taken to their official Twitter account to issue a warning to motorists.
The recent freeze has prompted motorists to leave their car running before the morning commute, a habit car thieves have clued into.
The easy targets have resulted in a number of reported car thefts in recent weeks, particularly in Dublin, Kildare and Meath.
Gardaí are advising carowners not to leave their engines running as they de-ice their vehicles & leave the vehicle unattended. A number of cars have been stolen in this way including Dublin /Kildare & Meath areas. Insurance cover could be
— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) January 22, 2018
Given that cars stolen in this manner are unlocked, Gardai warn that the unfortunate owners may not be covered by insurance.
So lads, the next time a frosty morning comes around, use a trusty ice scraper!