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Knox County Sheriff's Office Offers VIN Etching

Thursday, 05 June 2014

For the past 20 years, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters to provide a free program to help prevent thieves from stealing your carIt’s called Operation Vehicle I.D. and it will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the lot in front of Toyota of Knoxville on Parkside Drive.  It works like this:  your vehicle identification number (VIN) is permanently etched into your vehicle’s windshield and windows.  The number is placed in a discreet location and doesn’t harm the glass.  The whole process takes less than ten minutes.

VIN etching can be a significant deterrent to vehicle thefts.  Thieves will often bypass a car than has been marked this way because it can be traced quickly.

CPCU pays for the process and provides volunteers.  The Sheriff’s Office also provides volunteers and handles traffic control.

Vehicle theft for Knox County was on the rise over the past few years, but took a dip in 2013.  Here are the stats:

2013-320 vehicles stolen

2012-445 vehicles stolen

2011-391-vehicles stolen

2010-387-vehicles stolen



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