TxDOT using H.E.A.T. program to help find stolen vehicles - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/15/10

TxDOT using H.E.A.T. program to help find stolen vehicles

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - H.E.A.T. is a statewide vehicle registration program administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety that helps law enforcement officials identify stolen vehicles.

Any vehicle owner in Texas can obtain decals for his/her car or truck that authorizes law enforcement officers to stop the vehicle and verify ownership, between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., anywhere in Texas.

Border decals are also available. They alert officials to check ownership of any vehicle being driven across the border into Mexico

A car is stolen in Texas every five and a half minutes. More vehicles are stolen between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. than any other time. In 2003, more than 98,000 vehicles were stolen in Texas. In 2005, more than 93,471 vehicles were stolen in Texas. Simply by enrolling, you make it a lot harder for a thief to drive away in your car.

To enroll, just complete the H.E.A.T. registration application to have your vehicle entered in a statewide database, accessible by law enforcement agencies, 24 hours a day. Personal and company vehicles are eligible for H.E.A.T. registration. You don't have to be a permanent Texas resident to participate in the program as long as you can provide a Texas address and phone number.

Kat Anderson, crime prevention coordinator, says the program is free and any resident in Texas can sign up either at their sheriff's office or online.

Anderson says they will be hosting a registration drive starting Friday, July 16th, and Saturday, July 17th. The drive will be at the South Plains Mall at the main parking lot from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

She also says auto thefts are down in Lubbock, but they always want to avoid a victim assisted crime. Anderson says the summer time is when people become more unaware.

For more information about the program, call the Texas H.E.A.T. Program toll-free at 1-888-447-5933.

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