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Protect Your Vehicle from Thieves

Monday, 01 November 2010

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, November 6th, in the lower parking lot of J.C. Penney 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.


The number of vehicle thefts has dropped in Knox County over the past two years, and the VIN etching can be a significant deterrent.  Thieves will often bypass a car that has been marked this way because it can be traced quickly.  In 2009, 339 vehicles were stolen in Knox County; 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 17 years on this important project.  We know from experience that Operation Vehicle I.D. is help preventing car thefts.” 



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