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Virginia State Police HEAT program receives international recognition

Virginia State Police was honored with three awards during the 2017 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference held this week in Philadelphia. The Department received two awards recognizing its Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program and its support and assistance during a multi-agency investigation into a terrorist threat.
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Virginia State Police HEAT Awards Announced

The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program on Tuesday announced its 2016-2017 HEAT Awards recipients.
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Virginia State Police remind motorists to secure unattended vehicles

There were 8,103 auto thefts in the Commonwealth in 2015, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that the keys or key fob had been left in 1,890 of those. Virginia State Police Special Agent Peter Lazear said the problem may be even greater than what the numbers show.

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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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Shopping and driving tips from the Virginia State Police

While Virginians are preparing for the upcoming holidays –making lists, shopping the malls and quaint out-of the-way boutiques, or heading out to visit relatives – thieves and fraudsters are making their own special holiday plans to take advantage of preoccupied shoppers and travelers during the hustle-and-bustle of the season.
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