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Michigan’s H.E.A.T. Recovers $51M in Stolen Property in 25 Years

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Since its inception in 1985, tips to Michigan’s Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) program have led to recovery of more than $51 million in stolen property and arrests of more than 3,300 suspects involved in auto theft-related crimes

Livonia-based H.E.A.T. – celebrating its 25th year in 2010 – is Michigan’s statewide auto theft prevention program. H.E.A.T. coordinates citizen action with law enforcement agencies through a confidential, 24/7, toll-free tip line (1-800-242-HEAT) and Web site (www.1800242HEAT.com) for reporting information on stolen vehicles, chop shops and suspected auto theft activities including insurance fraud, identity theft and carjackings.

To date, H.E.A.T. has managed more than 8,500 tip calls, which have to lead to the recovery of more than 4,200 vehicles valued at upwards of $51 million. As a result, nearly 3,400 suspects have been arrested and more than 2,000 tipsters have been awarded approximately $3.5 million.

The H.E.A.T. program is funded through and administered by the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility, an association of Michigan automobile insurers.

Source: (H.E.A.T.) Help Eliminate Auto Thefts


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