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Book your appointment in advance for VIN Etching. Services are free and only take 15 minutes to complete, though feel free to join the TMCC resident happy hour at Cactus Cove to visit with neighbors.

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Deter auto thieves from targeting your car with this fast, free service
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VIN Etching for TMCC Residents

It only takes 15 minutes, but inscribing your car’s Vehicle Identification (VIN) Number onto its windshield and windows is one of the easiest things you can do to deter car thieves from targeting your car. And, on Wednesday, November 14, HPD is offering VIN Etching services for free.

Timbergrove residents are urged to reserve a time slot in advance for VIN Etching services. Use the buttons above to register or volunteer to help with the event and plan to drop into Cactus Cove for a TMCC happy hour while you wait for services to be completed. And, if you’ve already taken advantage of this service or just want to learn more, make plans to join us at Cactus Cove to catch up with old friends and maybe meet a few new ones.

Why is VIN Etching effective?

When a vehicle is stolen to be resold, the first things thieves generally do is remove the VIN so the car can’t be identified.

Very few parts on your vehicle have the VIN’s stamped into them, which makes the vehicle and or its parts very desirable to a thief. Many auto parts buyers will not purchase parts that carry identification numbers. Should a thief try to sell the parts from a vehicle for profit, those marked parts carry a higher risk for both the thief and the auto parts seller. Since automotive glass generally have no identification numbers, and are often interchangeable between many different years and models of vehicle, there is usually a much greater profit for the thief compared to other components on the vehicle. If a car’s windows are stamped with the VIN, thieves would need to discard the glass before parting out the stolen vehicle, thus reducing or eliminating their profit.

VIN etching can also increase the odds of recovery of a stolen car by police. Vehicles with VIN-etched windows may be eligible for insurance rate reductions of as much as 15%. Check with your insurance provider.

This process is fairly simple, does not have any adverse effects on the windows, it is almost invisible, it’s permanent, takes only a few minutes, and is provided free of charge by The Houston Auto Crimes Task Force and ABTPA Grant.