Victoria Police Department to host a free VIN etching event

The free service will help reduce vehicle theft

VICTORIA, Texas – The Victoria Police Department will host a Vehicle Identification Number etching event on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Victoria Masonic Lodge No. 40, 3502 N. Navarro St. VPD offers VIN etching as a free service to help residents avoid becoming victims of vehicle theft.

To receive a VIN, you will need to provide a driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance. The vehicle’s registered owner will also need to be present.

According to Officer John Turner with the Community Engagement Unit, having a VIN etched on the windows of a vehicle can significantly reduce the odds of the vehicle being stolen. Although every vehicle has a VIN plate on the dashboard, car thieves can easily replace these plates with counterfeit ones. If the vehicle’s windows are etched with the VIN, a thief would have to replace all the windows and dispose of the glass, costing them more time and money.

According to a press release from the City of Victoria, etching could also increase the resale value of the vehicle, along with reducing the chances of it being stolen. The City also mentioned insurance companies may offer a discount if a vehicle has the VIN etched on the windows.

You can find more information on the VIN etching event coming up by contacting the Community Engagement Unit at 361-485-3808. You can also email PoliceCEU@victoriatx.gov for more information.

To learn more about Victoria Police Department events and programs, you can visit www.victoriatx.gov/police.

The City of Victoria provided the above information and featured photo.