Thousands of vehicles are stolen statewide every year.
In 2017, more than 9,200 people became theft victims, according to the Virginia State Police’s (VSA) Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) program.
Law enforcement are hoping to deter automotive thieves through a Manassas event.
Drivers can have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on their vehicle windows etched for free between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on October 13, according to a release.
The event will be hosted at Signal Hill shopping Center, which is located at 9692 Liberia Avenue.
It’s sponsored by the Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD), the Manassas City Police Department, and the H.E.A.T. program.
VIN-etching leaves a permanent mark on windows.
It can be difficult to discard a stolen vehicle that has VIN-etched windows.
“Disposing of a vehicle whose windows have been VIN-etched takes time, trouble and money, all in short supply for thieves,” a release stated. “That is 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.”
Participants must bring a driver’s license and vehicle registration.
Only those named on the registration can authorize the VIN etching process.
To learn more information, contact Prince William County Police Crime Prevention Specialist Officer Jason Alicie at 703-792-4425, or Manassas City Police Public Information Officer and Crime Prevention Specialist Sarah Maroney at 703-257-8064.
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