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REMINDER: Free VIN Etching Offered on Saturday in Manassas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                             October 9, 2018

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA . . . Are you looking for a way to deter auto thieves? Residents are reminded to bring their vehicles to the Shops at Signal Hill shopping center, 9692 Liberia Ave. in Manassas (20110), on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – for free VIN etching on all of your windows.

The Prince William County and Manassas police departments, as well as the Virginia State Police's H.E.A.T. Program, sponsor this event. The event is free to all motorists!

All vehicles carry a federally-assigned number known as a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Making sure those numbers are marked permanently on a vehicle's windows can help drive car thieves away.

Disposing of a vehicle whose windows have been VIN-etched takes time, trouble and money, all in short supply for thieves. That is because the windows of stolen VIN-etched vehicles must be stripped and replaced before a thief can get rid of the car, a costly and time-consuming process.

VIN etching obliterates any potential profit professional thieves might have gleaned from the lucrative practice of selling windows and windshields for parts through chop shops. Your vehicle's VIN is etched into the glass with a chemical solution, and those numbers will be there for good.

What You Will Need on October 13th

Only a person named on a vehicle's registration can authorize a VIN etching, so you will need to bring the following with you:

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Current Registration

For more information about this event, please contact Officer Jason Alicie, Prince William County Police Crime Prevention Specialist, at 703-792-4425; or Sarah Maroney, Manassas City Police Public Information Officer and Crime Prevention Specialist, at 703-257-8064.

For information about the H.E.A.T. Program, visit their website at


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