On Dec. 1, the Green Valley Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers are helping deter vehicle theft.

The GV SAVs will be hosting a free community Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Etching event from 12 to 3 p.m. at the SAV office, 601 N. La Canada Drive.

To participate in this event you just need to show up. The entire process only takes about 10 minutes. The GV SAVs will etch your VIN into every piece of glass on your vehicle and place stickers warning any potential thieves that your vehicle is protected with VIN etching.

VIN etching is the permanent engraving of a vehicle’s federally registered VIN onto its windshield and windows. VIN etching is often seen as a deterrent to thieves because it not only makes it nearly impossible for thieves to profit from selling windows and windshields, but it also makes it more difficult for thieves to find a way to dispose of the vehicle once it has been stolen. As a result, VIN etching is recommended by police and insurance agencies to protect against auto theft.

Cars and trucks are stolen for a variety of reasons; two of the common reasons are resale value of a whole vehicle or selling off individual parts. Before selling a stolen vehicle a thief would have to replace the VIN-etched glass, a time consuming and expensive task. And, if a thief tries to sell the parts from a vehicle for profit, the VIN-etched parts are a higher risk for both the thief and the disreputable auto parts seller. Therefore, the reduced profit and high risk associated with stealing a VIN-etched car make it a less likely target for auto theft. A number of insurance agencies offer a discount off the comprehensive portion of your insurance or waive your insurance deductibles if your vehicle is protected by VIN etching, just one more good reason to take advantage of this free event.

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