Detroiters go door-to-door for new carjacking crackdown

Detroiters go door-to-door for new carjacking crackdown

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Monday night Detroiters went door-to-door, explaining Detroit Police Department's "Heatwave Initiative," in partnership with H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Theft).

The crew, including members of DPD, HEAT, as well as volunteers, visited homes, local business and gas stations. They urged neighbors and business owners to call a confidential toll-free tip line if they have information about suspected car thieves, carjackers, vehicle chop shops, auto-related insurance fraud and identity theft. The number is 800-242-HEAT.

DPD Chief James Craig says it's not just citizens who need to speak up. Some business out there are guilty of providing a safe haven for criminals by allowing them to loiter and deal drugs on their properties.

"If you allow criminal activity to go on at a location, it brings about other crimes. Some of the owners say well, we can't do it alone. We can't help this. Yes you can," said Chief Craig Monday evening at a community news conference kicking-off the initiative.


The chief adds more than 500 carjackings have happened in Detroit this year alone. That's a nearly 10% jump. And Chief Craig says that's absolutely unacceptable.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • LIVE VIDEO: Hearing to decide if 3 of 4 face trial in mob attack on Steve Utash

    LIVE VIDEO: Hearing to decide if 3 of 4 face trial in mob attack on Steve Utash

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:58:28 GMT
    Three males ages 19 to 30 are in court for a hearing on whether they should stand trial for the severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck on Detroit's east side. WATCH LIVE COVERAGE.
    Three males ages 19 to 30 are in court for a hearing on whether they should stand trial for the severe beating of a suburban man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old with his pickup truck on Detroit's east side. WATCH LIVE COVERAGE.
  • 1 of 4 waives key hearing in Detroit mob attack on Steve Utash

    1 of 4 waives key hearing in Detroit mob attack on Steve Utash

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:52 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:52:13 GMT
    A 17-year-old charged with attempted murder in the beating of a Detroit-area motorist has waived his right to a probable cause hearing and will move his case directly to trial court.
    A 17-year-old charged with attempted murder in the beating of a Detroit-area motorist has waived his right to a probable cause hearing and will move his case directly to trial court.
  • Clutch Cargo's returns to religious roots

    Clutch Cargo's returns to religious roots

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:54:45 GMT
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices