Tech-savvy Car Thieves, Warm Weather Serve as Safe, Secure Vehicle Reminder

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According to a recent Rossen Reports on the “Today Show,” car thieves are getting tech savvy. A new, handheld device has baffled law enforcement in a few states. Car thieves have been using it to enter vehicles by unlocking doors and disabling alarms.

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In addition to locking your car and taking your keys, you should also make sure all your valuables are out of sight or not even left inside your car. Last year, a reported $20 million worth of items were stolen from and off motor vehicles.

According to a recent Rossen Reports on the “Today Show,” car thieves are getting tech savvy. A new, handheld device has baffled law enforcement in a few states. Car thieves have been using it to enter vehicles by unlocking doors and disabling alarms.

“While we have not heard of any instances in Virginia, this is a great reminder that we need to take precautions,” said Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel W. Steven Flaherty. “Summertime and warm weather are here and historically auto theft, while down overall, tends to increase when the weather is nice.”

Just because this type of theft has not yet been seen in Virginia, vehicle owners should take precautions, Flaherty said. “In addition to locking your car and taking your keys, you should also make sure all your valuables are out of sight or not even left inside your car. Last year, a reported $20 million worth of items were stolen from and off motor vehicles.”

For additional precautionary tips, Flaherty recommends vehicle owners visit http://heatreward.com to minimize the risk. H.E.A.T. is one of the premier state-sponsored auto-theft prevention programs in the nation. H.E.A.T. sponsors a toll-free hotline, 1-800-947-HEAT, and website, HeatReward.com, for citizens to report suspicious auto theft-related activity.

For more information about H.E.A.T. and the Program’s reward, visit http://www.HeatReward.com or check out the H.E.A.T. Program Facebook pages, HEAT Program and HEAT Racing. H.E.A.T. pays cash rewards up to $25,000 for tips that lead to arrests.

(Editors: Highlights of the H.E.A.T. Program’s 20 years can be downloaded or viewed online here.)

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