The Tucson Police Department Auto Theft Unit is hosting a free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching event on Friday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place at the SunWest Federal Credit Union located at 7725 East Broadway Boulevard.
Citizens are invited to bring their vehicle to the event for this valuable service. For every vehicle etched, SunWest will donate $5.00 to the Community Food Bank, which they will turn into $47.50 worth of food.
VIN etching is a way to mark your vehicle to make it more difficult for an auto thief to resell the vehicle or it’s parts. VIN etching uses a chemical solution to etch the VIN on all of the windows on your vehicle. This process does not have any adverse effects on the windows, it is almost invisible, and it is permanent.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) and law enforcement agencies nationwide believe that etching the VIN onto the vehicle’s windows provides an important deterrent to auto thieves. Given the option, most car thieves will take a car that is harder to trace, leaving an etched vehicle alone. VIN etching can be done in as little as ten minutes and may result in reduced insurance premiums.
Auto Theft Unit Detectives have been trained by the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority (AATA) and will be on hand to etch your VIN using materials supplied by the AATA. They will also provide information regarding other auto theft prevention measures that when used, can help you to avoid becoming a victim. Forms will be available for owners who wish to enroll in the state-sponsored Watch Your Car Program. Below are some additional auto theft prevention tips:
• Do not leave a running vehicle unattended, for example, to warm up on a cold morning
• Remove your keys from the ignition even if you have an anti-theft device
• Lock your doors/close your windows
• Park in well-lit areas when possible
• Do not leave valuables in plain view
• Install an audible alarm in your vehicle
• Use brake/wheel/steering wheel locks, and hardened steering column collars
• Purchase a smart key
• Install a hidden engine-kill or fuel cut-off switch in your vehicle