The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program presented awards to three Virginia police departments and nine police officers to recognize their efforts in reducing vehicle theft and theft of vehicle parts in the commonwealth. The awards ceremony took place on August 26 during the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Foundation held in Norfolk. The Henrico County Police Division was the winner in the agency category serving more than 100,000 citizens. The Roanoke City Police Department took the top prize in the agency category serving serving a population from 20,001 to 100,000, while the Salem Police Department was recognized in the same category as an agency finalist. The HEAT Awards program is an annual competition open to all Virginia law enforcement entities and employees who work in auto theft enforcement and prevention. State Police say by following a few common-sense tips, you can protect your vehicle… Take your keys and lock your doors every time you leave your vehicle. Never leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Place them in the trunk or somewhere out of sight. Be aware of your surroundings. Park in well-lit areas. Invest in an audible or visible deterrent. Install GPS or other tracking devices. Learn more about the HEAT program at www.HEATreward.com.