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JCC Police Join Forces with State Police to Deter Auto Theft


June 29, 2010

Contact:   Renee Dallman, Communications Specialist

Phone: (757) 253-6864


The James City County Police Department encourages local residents to take a stand against auto theft by having their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched onto their vehicle’s windows. A free VIN etching event will be held on Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the New Town parking lot near Conte’s Bike Shop and New Town Cinemas, 4919 Courthouse Street.


Officers etch the federally assigned VIN onto the windows using a chemical solution that does not mar the look of the vehicle.  The process typically takes 10 minutes per vehicle. 


Thieves know that vehicles with etched windows require additional effort and expense before they can be sold.   The windows of stolen VIN etched vehicles must be stripped and replaced before the thief can sell the vehicle, reducing their potential profit.


The event is being offered in conjunction with the Virginia State Police’s HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) Program.


For more information, call the Community Services Unit at 253-2058.


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