WHEREAS, Since 1985, Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) has worked alongside Michigan citizens and law enforcement professionals by encouraging citizens to confidentially provide information to authorities about auto theft-related crimes; and,
WHEREAS, H.E.A.T.’s toll-free tip line is monitored by the Michigan State Police, Criminal Investigation Section, and they direct tip information to appropriate police agencies throughout the state; and,
WHEREAS, As a result of more than 10,600 calls to H.E.A.T.’s tip line, Michigan law enforcement professionals have recovered more than $59.5 million in stolen property and secured the arrests of more than 3,700 suspects involved in auto theft rings, carjacking’s and vehicle-related insurance fraud; and,
WHEREAS, During this week, we join with law enforcement agencies throughout Michigan to encourage citizens to “turn up the H.E.A.T.” by learning more about this essential community education and vehicle theft prevention program;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the October 18-24, 2015 as Turn Up The H.E.A.T. Week in Michigan.