H.E.A.T Program to offer
free VIN etching
The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police “Help Eliminate Auto Theft”, known as H.E.A.T program, are hosting a free VIN etching event at the Warrenton Home Depot parking lot on September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a free service offered to the public.
All vehicles carry a federally-assigned number known as a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Making sure those numbers are marked permanently on a vehicle's windows discourages thieves. Why? Well, for one thing, disposing of a vehicle whose windows have been VIN etched takes time, trouble and money, all in short supply for thieves. That's because the windows of stolen VIN-etched vehicles must be stripped and replaced before a thief can get rid of the car, a costly and time-consuming process. And VIN etching obliterates any potential profit professional thieves might have gleaned from the lucrative practice of selling windows and windshields for parts via chop shops.
VIN etching is simple, fast, safe, and free and won't mar the look of the vehicle. Numbers are etched into the glass with a chemical solution. And those numbers will be there for good.
Authority: Sheriff Charlie Ray Fox, Jr.
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