Allentown VINetching — September 22

September 22, 2015
9am - 1pm
2072 Downyflake Lane, Allentown, PA 18103

AAA East Central, along with the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force will be providing free anti-car theft Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching for car windows on Tuesday, September 22nd.


Law-enforcement officials say the permanent engraving of a vehicle’s federally registered VIN helps deter car theft because VIN-etched car windows prevent car thieves from switching the VIN number plate on the dashboard to mask the car’s identity, and cars and their marked parts cannot be sold as easily by thieves.


“Thieves generally avoid VIN-etched vehicles because all of the glass must be stripped and replaced before the vehicle can be unloaded or resold,” according to Detective Sergeant Sal Aprile of the Lehigh County Auto Theft  Task Force. “Now, vehicle owners can protect their property and have peace of mind that they took an active step to prevent becoming a victim of vehicle theft,” he adds.


Both AAA members and non-members can receive the VINetching on their vehicle windows. There is no limit on the number of vehicles motorists can bring to the event.  VINetchings are small, but visible enough to deter thieves, according to law enforcement officials. The process does not harm windows and doesn’t detract from the appearance of the vehicle.

Several detectives from the Task Force will be on hand to do the VIN engraving, which only takes minutes. A special software and printer is used to create stencils with the identification number on them.  The stencils then are applied to each of the vehicle’s windows and are treated with a solution.  The stencils are removed, and the glass is cleaned with glass cleaner.  The number remains behind and is lightly etched into the glass. The equipment is donated by the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority.


AAA and the Lehigh Valley Task Force recommend the following tips to prevent vehicle burglary and theft:

  • Always lock your vehicle with the windows closed. Never leave valuables inside the car, especially not in clear view, including small electronics, wallets, checkbooks, personal paperwork or any personal identification.
  • Bring electronics and personal items into your home or office whenever possible.
  • Use anti-theft or automatic tracking devices. If your vehicle wasn’t equipped with an alarm or hidden tracking device when purchased, have one installed.
  • Never leave your keys in your vehicle, even at a gas station.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area at night.
  • Never hide a spare ignition key in your vehicle, including under floor mats, sun visor, etc.
  • Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a secure garage.
  • Never leave the vehicle running at any time when you’re not in it. This includes your driveway, while picking up friends, or while at a grocery store or shopping mall.


Free and Open to the Public
For more information, contact Chelsea Pompeani, Public Affairs Director for AAA East Central, 412-365-7274 or

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