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Local Agencies Team Up to Offer Free VIN Etching Program and Child Safety Seat Checks

June 6, 2015

Local Agencies Team Up to Offer Free VIN Etching Program and Child Safety Seat Checks


MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Vehicle thefts cost consumers and insurance companies millions of dollars each year in losses.  This drives up the cost of insurance premiums and has far reaching negative social effects on our society.

Modern technology has produced numerous methods to combat these crimes including vehicle identification number (VIN) etching; an inexpensive and convenient way to help combat this type of crime.  Every automobile has a unique serial number used by the automotive industry to identify that specific vehicle.  Law Enforcement can also use this number as a tool to quickly identify a stolen vehicle and solve criminal cases.

The Martinsville City Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Martinsville Police Department, and the Virginia State Police H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) Program have partnered to offer residents an opportunity to take advantage of a program in which the VIN number is etched into the window glass of the vehicle allowing officers to quickly identify stolen vehicles.  The VIN Etching is free of charge and is open to all residents of Martinsville and Henry County.  This is a great way for citizens to help protect their vehicles against theft.  In addition, some automobile insurance companies offer discounts for etched vehicles.

The process is simple, fast, and free and it will not harm your vehicle.  Any resident who would like to participate in the program should simply come to the Martinsville Fire Station # 1 located at 65 W. Church St. on Saturday, June 6th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  While there residents can meet and talk with many of their local officers and learn valuable new information on auto theft prevention.

Residents are reminded that the Virginia State Police H.E.A.T. Program offers up to $25,000 in reward money for tips that lead to solving cases of vehicle theft.  You may report those tips by calling 1-800-947-HEAT.

Martinsville Fire Department staff will also be performing child safety seat checks during this time.

For more information on this Saturday’s free local VIN Etching Program, call Martinsville Sheriff’s Office Major Laura Hopkins at 276-403-5289.