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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police Partner for VIN Etching Event
Process Now Available for Mopeds

RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (H.E.A.T.) Program are teaming up to host an event to discourage thieves from stealing your vehicle.

On Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., motorists can bring any vehicle to DMV's Richmond Central office located at 2300 West Broad Street for free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching or labeling.

VIN etching is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your car or truck from theft. Every vehicle carries a federally assigned unique VIN. Marking your VIN on your vehicle's windows steers thieves away. Disposing of a stolen vehicle whose windows have been etched takes time, money and a great deal of effort. That's because to disguise the true identity of a VIN-etched stolen car, all the windows must be replaced, which is a costly and time-consuming process thieves avoid. VIN etching eliminates any potential profit professional thieves might have gleaned from the lucrative practice of selling windows and windshields as parts via chop shop operations.

The H.E.A.T program has also now developed a process for vehicles without glass, such as many motorcycles and mopeds. It is called VIN labeling. Special VIN labels are provided to the owner for placement on selected parts. No damage is done to the vehicle in the process.

A new state law requires moped owners to title and register their vehicle by July 1, 2014. Before these regulations, the lack of any identifying information on mopeds made them nearly impossible to recover after theft. Requiring titling and registration of mopeds will allow law enforcement to better track mopeds that are stolen and/or used in the commission of crimes. VIN labeling is another layer of protection. VIN labels are a theft-prevention as well as recovery tool.

VIN etching or labeling does not change the appearance of your vehicle. You can hardly see it, but the police and the thieves know right where to look.

Event Summary:

VIN Etching Event open to all Virginians for any vehicle

When: Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Richmond Central DMV Office, 2300 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23269

What: Free opportunity for motorists to get any vehicle VIN etched or VIN labeled as a theft-prevention and recovery tool. Customers will need to show their driver's license or government-issued photo ID as well as their registration. Moped owners who have not registered their mopeds with DMV must show proof of ownership.

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