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The HEAT program was established in 1992 to educate citizens and law enforcement about theft of vehicles and vehicle parts. HEAT supports local and state law enforcement through various auto theft prevention efforts.

Working with law enforcement

HEAT offers Virginia law enforcement agencies many no-cost resources, from surveillance tools to promotional items. Please contact (800) 947-HEAT or send us a message to learn more about how we can help your agency.


  • Literature and promotional items
  • VIN etching equipment and staff for events (based on availability)
  • VIN etching equipment and staff for events (based on availability)
  • Display vehicles for local events (based on availability)
  • Enforcement and surveillance tools (based on availability)
  • Award program

Working with citizens

HEAT participates in numerous events each year, from National Night Out to VIN etchings to NASCAR races. Visit our Events page to find out where we’ll be next. Want HEAT at your event? Email First Sgt. Thomas Molnar, HEAT coordinator, or call (804) 674-2586.

Tips and up to $25,000 in rewards

Citizens who have information concerning the theft of vehicles, vehicle parts or chop shop operations may submit a form online or dial (800) 947-HEAT (4328). Tipsters may remain anonymous throughout the process and tips leading to arrests are eligible for rewards of up to $25,000.