November 3, 2010
Contact: Det. Crystal Nosal, 703-228-4331
Police Hold Event to Deter Auto Theft
Free VIN etching offered to vehicle owners
The Arlington County Police Department is inviting citizens to a free auto theft deterrence event on Saturday, November 13th, 2010. At the event, car owners can have their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched into their exterior windows. Motorcycle owners will be provided with a custom set of micro decals that contain their VIN and instructions on how to apply them by trained experts. It’s a quick, simple process that can reduce the chances of theft, or in the event of a theft, increase the likelihood the vehicle will be recovered quickly.
VIN etching does not affect the appearance of the vehicle or motorcycle. Trained etchers chemically engrave the VIN onto the main windows of the vehicle in inconspicuous locations. Some insurance companies offer discounts to the owners of VIN-etched vehicles.
A VIN-etched vehicle is harder to conceal when stolen, thus making it less attractive to car thieves. VIN etching also virtually eliminates any potential profit professional thieves might get from selling windows, windshields, and motorcycle parts through chop shops.
This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arlington County Fire Station #1, 500 South Glebe Road. It is being provided FREE of charge by the Arlington County Police Department and the Virginia State Police HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) Program.
Citizens are encouraged to bring their families to the event. Numerous displays will be on hand to include Fire Apparatus, which is always a favorite for kids of all ages. Vehicles and equipment used to combat auto theft will also be on display. Employing a wide range of efforts such as VIN Etching, the Arlington County Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit has made significant strides in reducing auto theft in Arlington County.