Auto theft prevention program winding down as year ends - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Auto theft prevention program winding down as year ends

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Dwindling enrollment numbers are the primary reason that the H.E.A.T (Help End Auto Theft) program will come to a close at the end of 2013.

The program has been in effect in Lubbock since 1995 and in its prime served hundreds of people on the Hub City.

But the heat started to cool at the beginning of the new millennium, until this past July when only 70 people registered for the program.

The Texas Department of Public Safety started the program to help stop auto theft.

Vehicle owners would register their cars and verify it with stickers placed on the back and front windshields.

This gave police permission to pull that vehicle over for any reason between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and make sure it hadn't been stolen.

Most of the people who signed up were senior citizens.

Kat Anderson with the Auto Theft Task Force said that in a sense, the program had run its course.

"I think this program has just come to the end of its usefulness," Anderson said. "Although our citizens like it, our numbers have dropped as far as the number of people that we were signing up."

Anderson also admitted that the H.E.A.T program had become less cost effective as time went on.

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