The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program was established in 1992 to help educate citizens and law enforcement officials about the crime of auto theft in the Commonwealth of Virginia. HEAT provides educational information to help inform citizens about ways to prevent vehicle theft and avoid becoming a victim of this crime. Some of the resources available include prevention methods, tips on what to do in the event of a carjacking and devices to help protect your car from being stolen. Another free resource the HEAT program provides to citizens are vehicle identification number (VIN) etching events where law enforcement officers etch VIN numbers onto citizens’ cars, which potentially helps deter thieves from stealing the vehicle. The HEAT program also provides an online tip submission form for citizens to report information regarding the theft of vehicles or chop shop operations. Information provided remains confidential and tips leading to arrests are eligible for rewards of up to $25,000.