Knox County Sheriff's Office to offer free VIN etching to deter

Knox County Sheriff's Office to offer free VIN etching to deter vehicle theft

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters are partnering to provide a free program to help prevent thieves from stealing your car.

Operation Vehicle I.D. will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Toyota of Knoxville on Parkside Drive.

Volunteers will permanently etch you vehicle identification number (VIN) into your vehicle's windshield and windows in a discreet location that doesn't harm the glass. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes.

Officials say VIN etching can be a significant deterrent to vehicle thefts. Thieves will often bypass a car that has been marked this way because it can be traced quickly.

Vehicle theft for Knox County was on the rise over the past few years, but took a dip in 2013. In 2013, 320 vehicles were stolen, compared to 445 in 2012, 391 in 2011 and 387 in 2010.
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