FREE VINetching in Allentown

September 26, 2017
11am - 2pm
AAA East Central 2072 Downyflake Lane, Allentown

District Attorney Jim Martin has announced that the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force will be holding a free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)-etching event in Allentown on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in conjunction with AAA East Central.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the AAA East Central location at 2072 Downyflake Lane in Allentown. The event is open to all vehicle owners in Lehigh County.

VIN-etching is the process of chemically etching a vehicle’s unique identification number on all windows and sunroofs. The process does not harm the windows and doesn’t detract from the appearance of the vehicle. Auto Theft Task Force detectives who do the VIN engraving use special software and a dot matrix printer to create stencils with the identification number on them. The stencils then are applied to each of the vehicle’s windows and are dabbed with an etching 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 process takes approximately five minutes.

District Attorney Martin encourages Lehigh County citizens to take advantage of this law enforcement tool which deters vehicle thefts. “When thieves see that a vehicle has been etched, they are much less likely to steal it. If someone steals a VIN-etched vehicle, the thief will have to replace all the windows or deface the glass to remove the etching so the vehicle can’t be
identified as having been stolen,” said Martin.


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