The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program is pleased to announce awards to six Virginia law enforcement agencies and 39 officers to recognize their efforts to reduce vehicle theft and theft of vehicle parts in Virginia.

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.

About the HEAT program

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

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. A visible VIN number is a red flag to thieves and can help keep your car safe. (Find a free VIN etching event sponsored by the Virginia State Police here)
Newer vehicles are often equipped with theft-prevention technology. But older models can be upgraded with devices such as transponder chips, vehicle disablers and GPS systems.
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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.