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Free VIN Etching Event in Rockwall Nov. 3

VIN etching event(ROCKWALL, TX — October 8, 2018) The Rockwall Police Department, Texas Automobile Burglary & Theft Prevention Authority, and the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force invite all to a free VIN etching event on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Home Depot parking lot (765 E I-30, Rockwall, Texas 75087).

What Is VIN Etching?

VIN etching is the process of acid stenciling your vehicle’s 17-digit identification number onto the window glass of the vehicle. The stencil is relatively small and does not hamper your view through the windows in any way. Because the etching is done at the bottom of your windows, it does not take away from the attractiveness of your vehicle.

A sample will be available for those of you who’d like to see what VIN etching looks like before you have it done.

Why Should I Have VIN Etching Done On My Car?

VIN etching serves several purposes:

  • First, it will deter thieves who will try to change your vehicle’s identity. Car thieves will often remove the VIN plate on the dashboard and replacing it with a different one. They will then sell the stolen vehicle to an unsuspecting buyer. By having the identification number placed on additional parts of your vehicle, thieves who might want to change the identity will be deterred knowing they will also have to change out all the windows, in addition to the dashboard VIN plate. This is an investment most thieves will not make.
  • It makes it easier for law enforcement to track down your car if someone steals it. Since the ID number is readily available on multiple parts of the car, officers can more easily locate the vehicle.
  • Finally, VIN etching qualifies some insurance customers for a Level I insurance discount. This can result in a two to 10 percent discount on the comprehensive portion of your insurance premium. However, this is only if you don’t already have a theft deterrent on your vehicle that qualifies for the Level I discount.

For questions, please contact the North Texas Auto Theft Task Force at 214-653-3430.

Blue Ribbon News staff report.

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