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AAA to offer free VIN etching

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Every 33 seconds a car or truck is stolen in the U.S. After hearing that sobering fact from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many drivers want to take extra security precautions.

With that in mind, AAA Alabama will be offering a free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching service at its office in Decatur on Tuesday, October 18th from 9 to 4 p.m. AAA Alabama’s Decatur office is located at 1609 Beltline Road SW.
Police say VIN etching will often deter car thieves.

AAA Alabama will chemically stencil the VIN number onto all of the windows of your car or truck. AAA spokesman Clay Ingram says the etching should take about 15 minutes for each vehicle.

Ingram says, not only is the service free, but some insurance companies offer a discount if the VIN number is etched onto your car.

Yet, at the end of the day, Ingram says it’s all about putting up a roadblock in front of car thieves. Ingram says, “Auto thieves try to identify cars that are easy to steal and leave few traces when it comes to taking them apart at so-called ‘chop shops.’  A car that has its windows VIN etched is less desirable to be illegally resold or taken apart for parts.”   

Ingram says the VIN etching service will be available to everyone and not just AAA members. However, you do need to make an appointment.

To make an appointment, simply call the AAA Alabama office in Decatur at 256-353-4924.

Here are the latest stats on auto thefts from AAA Alabama:

Auto theft remains the number one property crime in America.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that a motor vehicle is stolen every 33 seconds in the U.S. – that’s more than 794,000 vehicles a year valued at more than $6.4 billion.

Statewide Theft Statistics: According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Uniform Crime Reports in 2010 there were 10,600 vehicles stolen in Alabama compared to 12,809, 10 years earlier in 2000 and 14,053 in 1990. (Source: Alabama Crime Rates 1960 - 2015)

Worst Alabama City for Vehicle Thefts: The Birmingham-Hoover Metro area led the state in 2010 with the highest number of vehicle thefts at 3,777. 

The next highest number of vehicle thefts in the state was in the Mobile Metro area with 1,695 vehicle thefts. (Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau)

VIN Etched vehicles have a 64% lower theft rate than non-etched cars (Source: CNN Money reports)VIN Etched vehicles have a more than 85% chance of recovery (Source: CNN Money reports)

For more information about this free event and other auto safety tips, click here.

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