H.E.A.T. Program Brings Out the Crowds, Keeps Them Safe

Car owners came out in droves Saturday morning, to try and keep their vehicles safe. Officers and volunteers were signing motorists up for the H.E.A.T. program, which is designed to cut down on auto theft. The H.E.A.T. stickers they were applying allow police to stop a car between the hours of one and five in the morning, just to make sure everything is okay.

They were also etching the vehicle identification numbers onto the car windows, making it harder for thieves to resell vehicles or chop them up for parts. Officers say these programs are just other ways to try and protect yourself.

Officer James McCraw of the Tyler Police Department said, "It's something simple, you can get a small discount on your car insurance for the etching that we do if you have some comprehensive coverage on that. You know, why not take a little advantage to protect yourself a little bit further?"

If you would like more information on how to be a part of the H.E.A.T. program, you can call Officer McCraw with the Tyler Police Department at 535-0197.