- VIN etching
VIN etching is a countermeasure to
motor vehicle theft. It most commonly involves the use of a stenciland glassetching paste to etch a vehicle's vehicle identification number(VIN) onto the windshieldand windows. Thieveswould need to replace the glass before selling the stolen vehicle, thus reducing or eliminating their profit.
Most parts on a vehicle have at least a partial VIN stamped onto them, and many
auto partsbuyers will not buy parts that have identification numbers. Should a thief try to sell the parts from a vehicle for profit, those stamped parts carry a higher risk for both the thief and the disreputable auto parts seller. Since the glass has no identification number, and is often readily interchangeable with many different years and models of vehicle, there is often a much greater profit for the thief compared to other components on the vehicle.
VIN Etching is recommended by police and insurance agencies.who|date=September 2008
* [http://www.aaaaz.com/news/articles/AvoidAutoTheft102207.htm AAA of AZ Theft Deterrent Tips (including VIN etching)]
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