Auto theft costs millions of dollars each year.

Learn the ways you can prevent auto theft.

You can help.

Learn what to look for to spot auto theft and report suspicious activity.

Don't be the next victim.

Learn prevention tips to help protect you and your vehicle.


Your tips could earn you up to $25,000.

All information will remain confidential.

About HEAT

Help Eliminate Auto Theft, or HEAT, educates citizens on how to prevent the theft of vehicles and their parts,
a crime that costs Virginians millions of dollars each year.

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

Auto Theft Prevention

auto theft prevention

Learn about the ways that you can lessen your chances of being a victim of auto theft.

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How To Spot Auto Theft

auto theft

Be aware of the signs. Learn about the different types of auto theft and how to identify them.

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VIN Etching Events

VIN Etching events

VIN Etchings are an easy way to deter potential auto thieves. Find an event near you.

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Auto Theft Quiz

Auto Theft Quiz

Test your knowledge and take the HEAT auto theft quiz today to receive a free gift.

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The Latest

News about auto theft prevention and the HEAT program.

Roanoke VIN etching

Roanoke VIN etching

Want to know more about how VIN Etching works? Check out a video of this weekend's VIN Etching event in Roanoke from our friends at WDBJ7.

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Car thefts heat up during summer

Car thefts heat up during summer

Even though summer will shortly be coming to a close, that doesn't mean you can become lackadaisical when it comes to protecting yourself from becoming a victim of auto theft. July and August are the months where auto theft spikes in Virginia. Even though 2014 saw the lowest numbers of auto thefts in over 40 years in the Commonwealth, stolen automobiles in Virginia last year carried a hefty price tag - they were valued at $46,233,727. Learn what you can do to prevent auto theft from happening to you.

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Take your keys or take your chances

Take your keys or take your chances

Take your keys or take your chances. That’s what the Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft program is reminding drivers to do this holiday season.

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