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SOURCE Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.)
H.E.A.T. Warns Drivers as Related Crimes Continue to Rise
LIVONIA, Mich., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts) today commented on the 2011 auto theft statistics released by the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) in its annual report. Although the statistics continue to show a decrease in the number of vehicle thefts, Michigan is once again ranked as the state with the sixth highest total motor vehicle thefts in the nation.
"We're always pleased to see the number of statewide vehicle thefts decline," said Terri Miller, Executive Director of H.E.A.T. "However, that doesn't mean thieves aren't trying new ways to target drivers, their belongings and personal information. Thefts may be down, but fraud, carjackings and other auto theft-related crimes continue to rise in Michigan communities."
Those auto theft-related crimes include online/Craigslist fraud with the sales of vehicles and parts; catalytic converter and tire and rim thefts; and re-tagging/cloning vehicles (swapping or duplicating VIN numbers).
2012 ATPA Annual Report Highlights:
(Note: This data, which is the most recent available, is from 2011. Data for the 2012 calendar year will be available from the ATPA in February 2014).
"With continued partnerships between citizens, the insurance industry, law enforcement, prosecutors and community organizations l, H.E.A.T. is able to help auto theft crimes decline," said Miller. "Tipsters can do their part and get paid up to $10,000 by reporting what they know to our 24/7 toll-free tip line (1-800-242-HEAT) and online (www.1800242HEAT.com)."
H.E.A.T. paid out more than $220,000 in rewards in 2011 and 2012.
H.E.A.T. works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to follow-up on tips. Tipsters are awarded up to $1,000 if the tip leads to the arrest of or issuance of a warrant for a suspected car thief or a person suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud. H.E.A.T. rewards up to $2,000 for information leading to the issuance of a warrant for a carjacking suspect. Rewards of up to $10,000 are issued if a tip results in the arrest and binding over for trial of a suspected theft ring or chop shop operators. The H.E.A.T. tip line is monitored by the Michigan State Police and funded by Michigan's auto insurance companies.
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