The rising price of scrap metal is leading to more automobile thefts in the region, so how can you help?
Pam Jewell with the Virginia State Police's HEAT program says people can help in the goal to help eliminate auto theft by visiting www.heatreward.com and reporting thefts or chop shops. Not leaving car doors unlocked or valuables in plain view is also smart.
If you do break down and have to leave your car, make sure it is in a well lit area with the doors locked. If a tow truck finds you, get their company information before accepting help.