VIN Etching Event in Northeast El Paso to Prevent Auto Theft
POSTED: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:19am
EL PASO – The Sun City used to be the number one city in the U.S. for auto thefts, but the El Paso Police Department has changed that with events like the one held in Northeast El Paso Saturday.
El Paso Police and Fort Bliss hosted another free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching event as part of their HEAT program. HEAT stands for Help End Auto Theft.
Driver's registered their cars, and officers etched the VIN numbers onto the glass with chemicals. Police say that makes the car less valuable for thieves, and could save you money.
“Even though auto thefts are down by this current time by 18%, you know there's sill victimization going on and auto theft is the single most expensive property crime there is," said Officer Stephen Plummer.
If you didn't make it out to the etching event don't worry, we still have some advice you can use. Police say always lock your doors, take your keys and hide valuables in your car. That will also prevent thieves from taking what belongs to you.