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Help Prevent Vehicle Theft

Wednesday, 01 June 2011

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to protect your vehicle against thieves, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters has the solution and it’s free.   It’s called Operation Vehicle I.D. and on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in the front parking lot at the Knoxville Center Mall, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. you can have the vehicle identification number (VIN) permanently etched into a vehicle’s windshield and windows.  The number is placed in a discreet location and does not harm the glass. The whole process takes less than ten minutes.

CPCU underwrites the material costs and provides volunteers.  The Sheriff’s Office also has volunteers and conducts traffic control.

VIN etching can be a significant deterrent to vehicle thefts.  Thieves will often bypass a car that has been marked this way because it can be traced quickly.   Car burglaries were up in 2010 compared to the previous year.   In 2010 387 vehicles were stolen in Knox County.  In 2009, 339; in 2008, 399 vehicles; and in 2007, 505 vehicles were taken.

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones said, “We are very proud to be working with CPCU for the past 18 years on this important project.  We know from experience that Operation Vehicle I.D. is helping to prevent car thefts.”



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