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Free VIN Etchings July 26


The Comal County Sheriff’s Community Resource Team (CRT) offers free VIN etching from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at Bill Brown Elementary School 20410 TX-46, Spring Branch.

According to the Sheriff’s office Crime Technician Prevention Jakob Willmann:

“VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number. A VIN is a combination of numbers that are unique for every vehicle. A VIN is composed of a combination of 17 numbers and letters. Each character of the standard 17- digit VIN has a particular purpose. VIN numbers used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, insurance coverage and the like.

What are the Benefits of VIN etching?
VIN Etching is the process of permanently etching your unique VIN into all of the windows of your vehicle, which makes it “unprofitable” for thieves to steal.

How effective is VIN etching?
VIN etched vehicles have a 65-percent lower theft rate vs. non-etched vehicles. Also, a VIN etched car has an 85-percent or better chance of recovery if stolen. VIN etching is so effective that many insurance companies will offer discounts if you show them proof you have etched your VIN on at least two windows.

Is VIN etching easy?
Very easy! We can etch your VIN on your windows in under 10 minutes. In fact, we can usually do as many as three cars in the same amount of time.

How do I apply for a discount on my comprehensive insurance premium?
Many insurance companies offer between three- to 15-percent discounts for cars that have had their VIN etched on their windows. The insurance company may ask you to drop by your insurance agent’s office for him to actually check and see if the number is correctly placed and etched. This usually does it.”

For more information, contact the CRT at 830-643-5840.

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