What is H.E.A.T.?
The H.E.A.T. program (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) was first implemented in 1990 by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. The goals of the program are:
- Deter auto thefts
- Assist police officers in identifying suspected stolen autos
- Assist in identifying and recovering abandoned vehicles
- Maintain and improve police-community relations, cooperation in combating auto theft
Why should I participate in H.E.A.T.?
In 1994, Americans reported 1.5 million vehicles stolen. The estimated value of motor vehicles stolen nationwide in 1994 was nearly $7.6 billion. The national average for recovery of stolen autos during this period was sixty-one (61) percent.
Auto Theft in Kansas City, Kansas continues to be a concern. Although statistically speaking, the Department has noticed a decrease in reported auto thefts since the implementation of the H.E.A.T. program in 1990.
Auto theft is a costly crime with expenses shared by victims, insurance companies, police agencies and others.
How do I participate in H.E.A.T.?
The registration process is simple. An owner of a motor vehicle signs an participation agreement stating that under normal circumstances the vehicle is not operated between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. A department-issued reflective decal is then affixed to the interior rear window, showing the vehicle is registered in the program. The participation agreement also authorizes officers of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department to stop the vehicle if it is seen operating during the above-mentioned hours and question its occupants.
The H.E.A.T. program is a preventive measurement aimed at reducing auto thefts deterring would be thieves and assisting police officers in recognizing autos that may be stolen. The approach is voluntary, cost free and an uncomplicated defense against auto theft.
- Police Headquarters - 700 Minnesota
- Bureau of Community Support Services - 1228 N 79th
- Community Policing Office - 4601 State Avenue
- Always lock your car, even if you're leaving it for a short time.
- Remove the key and do not keep a spare key hidden somewhere on the frame or body of the vehicle in a magnetic box.
- All windows should be rolled up completely. One slightly open window can render all other precautions useless.
- Park as close to a building as possible. Park in an attended parking lot or garage. At home, park your vehicle in the garage. When parking in a public lot, never tell anyone how long you'll be gone (including the attendant). If a key must be left with an attendant, leave only the ignition key.
- Don't leave valuables visible in your car. Radios, cameras, packages, etc., attract attention and can attempt thieves to break in. Lock all valuables in the trunk.
- Never leave credit cards checkbooks, or papers pertaining to the vehicle in the glove box. It could aid the thief in selling your car.
- Do not attach a name tag or plate to your key rings. It could lead a thief directly to your house or car if you lose your keys.
- Always park your vehicle with the front end towards the street so anyone tampering with your vehicle can be seen more easily.
- Whenever possible, turn wheels sharply toward the curb when parking, making it extra difficult for thieves to tow your car.
- Do not leave important documents or identification visible in your car