TPD to host VIN etching event to help prevent car theft - Tucson News Now

TPD to host VIN etching event to help prevent car theft

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The public can get their Vehicle Identification Numbers etched to protect their vehicles from theft, and in turn, donate to the Community Food Bank.

The Tucson Police Department Auto Theft Unit will host a free Vehicle Identification Number etching event Friday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For every vehicle etched, SunWest will donate $5 to the Community Food Bank, which officials said will turn into $47.50 worth of food.

Citizens can bring their vehicles to the SunWest Federal Credit Union at 7725 E. Broadway Boulevard.

The VIN etching makes it more difficult for an auto thief to resell the vehicle or its parts. A chemical solution is used on all vehicle windows to etch the VIN, which does not have any adverse effects on the windows. The etching is nearly invisible and is permanent, police said.

VIN etching can be done in as little as ten minutes.

The Tucson Police Department offers the following addition 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

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