2024 HEAT Award Nominations are now OPEN!

Learn more HERE! Nominations close July 1, 2024.

2023 HEAT Award Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all our award recipients. Click HERE to see the full list of this year’s awards.

Use common sense to protect your ride

Last year, more than 10,500 vehicles were stolen in Virginia. The Virginia State Police HEAT Program is committed to reducing that number. But we can’t do it alone. We need every driver to do their part.

Catalytic Converter Thefts Are on the Rise

Across Virginia—in fact, across the nation—catalytic converter thefts are on the rise. These devices are appealing to thieves because they are quick and easy to steal, and they contain metals more precious than gold—platinum, rhodium and palladium.

About the HEAT program

For more than 25 years, HEAT has been providing Virginians with the knowledge and resources they need to avoid becoming victims of auto theft.

Saying Goodbye to the old HEAT Corvette

For more than 20 years, the HEAT program has used a branded Corvette as a conversation starter to educate the public about vehicle theft prevention. The sports car was originally seized in a drug case and had three Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) — as a result, the courts ordered it be destroyed when the program was done with it. Visit our display page to see the replacement – our new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette!

3 Tips to Prevent Auto Theft

It isn’t rocket science. By following these simple guidelines, you can reduce your chances of becoming an auto theft statistic. Park in a safe, well-lit space. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. Always close your windows, lock your doors and take your keys. It all begins with common sense.
Here are several things you can do to make your vehicle less of a target for theft. Install an alarm system or use physical locks—such as steering wheel or wheel locks. Also, having your vehicle VIN etched is a deterrent to thieves and can help keep your car safe. Visit our Events page to find a free VIN etching event near you.
Newer vehicles are often equipped with theft-prevention technology but older models can also be upgraded with devices such as transponder chips, vehicle disablers and GPS systems.
Learn more by visiting our Auto Theft Prevention page.

About Us

We educate citizens how to prevent the theft of vehicles, a crime that costs Virginians millions of dollars each year.

HEAT provides an online tip submission form for citizens to report information concerning the theft of vehicles, vehicle parts or chop shop operations. Information remains confidential throughout the process, and tips leading to arrests are eligible for rewards of up to $25,000.