CHP to Etch VINs on Cars

Written by Estero Bay News

December 14, 2023

Worried about some scoundrel stealing your car? The Highway Patrol is holding a special event tomorrow that might help you get it back, should it be stolen.

The CHOP Coastal Division in San Luis Obispo is holding a :window etching” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at the Division HQ, 675 California Blvd., in SLO. 

The etching involves scratching your car’s Vehicle Identification Number or VIN into the window glass to make it harder for thieves to hide a stolen vehicle’s identification from authorities. One of the first things car thieves do is remove the VIN, which is etched into a metal strip and mounted at the base of the dash where it meets the windshield. However, it won’t stop thieves.

“It is important to note,” said a press release from CHP, “this will not prevent the theft of a vehicle, but, will assist law enforcement in locating and identifying your stolen vehicle. With every appointment, a free steering wheel lock will be provided.”

If you’d like to get this service done, you must go online and schedule an appointment, see: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CHPVINEtching@CHP2go.onmicrosoft.com/bookings.

In the photo, a CHP officer etches a VIN omto the window of a vehicle. Photo courtesy CHP.

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