Turn up the H.E.A.T. on car thieves this summer


You can turn up the H.E.A.T. on car thieves this summer with Michigan’s Help Eliminate Auto Thefts initiative. H.E.A.T. operates Michigan’s statewide tip line for auto thefts and has been reducing incidents of theft and stolen property since 1985.

Auto theft might not be a thought that crosses your mind daily, but it’s something that should be taken very seriously. Michigan’s high insurance rates will remain that way if auto theft continues to be a major problem, according to H.E.A.T. This will provide a higher risk for drivers and might force some to drive without insurance at all.

With warmer weather on the rise, auto thieves are more prone to steal cars then during the colder months. H.E.A.T. provides an online tip submission form for anonymous reporting on vehicle theft, vehicle parts or chop-shop operations. Their website provides tips on ways you can protect yourself from being a victim of auto theft or vehicle fraud, along with facts about auto theft and how to identify it.

“Our goal is to reduce the number of these incidents and to educate the public on practical safety measures they can utilize to help prevent auto theft,” says Mark Wagenschutz, H.E.A.T.’s executive director. “This is accomplished by utilizing resources such as H.E.A.T’s confidential tip line along with partnerships with law enforcement agencies and various community groups.”

H.E.A.T. is constantly working to help stop auto crime. Since they were established, they have successfully recovered $60 million worth of vehicles and other property and have racked up a total of 10,700 tips. As more people continue to get involved and educate themselves on the sign to prevent auto theft from happening, more success is achievable by H.E.A.T.

For information, visit www.miheat.org.

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