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HEATVehicle thefts went down in Virginia last year. That’s according to the state police “HEAT” program, which stands for “Help Eliminate Auto Theft.” Pamela Jewel with the state police says there were 8,319 vehicle thefts reported in 2013, a decrease of 6 percent from the year before. In this area, Roanoke City showed the biggest decline, with motor vehicle thefts down nearly 28 percent.