VIN Etching

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What is VIN Etching?

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Etching is one of the most effective means to deter auto theft that is currently available. Etching is a fast, safe and simple process of having a vehicle's VIN engraved onto its windows using a chemical solution. Once the VIN has been etched on all the windows, a thief must strip and replace every piece of glass in order to profit off the sale of the stolen vehicle or its parts. Doing so it a time-consuming and expensive feat, which deters many thieves from stealing VIN-etched vehicles in the first place.

Finding an Event

The etching process take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to complete. However, please anticipate a wait time of anywhere from 0 to 60 minutes, as there is typically a line of vehicles waiting to be etched.

2018 MCPD VIN Etching Events


Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00AM - 2:00PM
The Shops at Signal Hill
between Starbucks & Wendy's
9692 Liberia Ave, Manassas, VA 20110
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Find other events in your area by visiting HEAT's online calendar.

Contact Information

SPO Charles Sharp, Community Services Officer
Tel: 703-257-8110
Fax: 703-257-5892


Sarah Maroney, Crime Prevention Specialist
Tel: 703-257-8064
Fax: 703-257-5892

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