Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Albuquerque Police Etch VINs Onto Car Windows to Deter Thieves
KOB4 ^ | 04/28/2012 | Eddie Garcia

Posted on 04/29/2012 11:23:21 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Albuquerque police are trying to make life harder for car thieves.

Police etched Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) into car windshields and windows on Saturday free of charge.

Brenda Baca said she isn't taking any chances as she had her VIN etched into all her windows.

"Got a new car and I just thought this would be a good idea," said Baca.

Virginia Garcia thinks it's good idea too, especially lately.

"There's so many thieves out there. I mean they're just taking our stuff at liberty," said Baca.

Police said they're cracking down on vehicle thieves hard and this is just one more way to detour them from stealing cars.

"This is a permanently etched number in the glass of your vehicle that the auto theft unit police departments can go to," said APD Auto Theft Detective Joel Block.

You might be thinking the thieves will just replace the glass in a chop shop.

Not so according to detectives who work car theft cases everyday.

"Glass is one of the most expensive components to replace in a vehicle, it's very time consuming and labor intensive to get that replaced and auto thieves do not like to do that," said Block.

Police say thieves will most likely target other cars that don't have the VIN etching.

For Baca, getting it done and out of the way is just a matter of common sense.

"They're helping us out so why not take advantage of something they're giving us so we can help them also," said Baca.

Albuquerque police say a few years ago the Duke City was number seven in the nation for car thefts.

That number has improved to about 20 this year.


TOPICS: Local News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: autothefts; carthefts; vin

1 posted on 04/29/2012 11:23:25 AM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

I remember a fad in the 70s where people engraved a number on all their stuff. I think it was called Operation ID.

I remember my dad doing that.


2 posted on 04/29/2012 11:25:07 AM PDT by DManA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DManA

Same here but it was their SS# they were engraving.


3 posted on 04/29/2012 11:28:25 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Um, won’t the thieves just break/remove the glass? Not sure how this is a deterrent.


4 posted on 04/29/2012 11:30:01 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

First this will be voluntary, and people will think it’s a great idea. Then it will be mandatory. Then there will be enforcement checkpoints. Then some poor schlub will get arrested because he failed to get his windows etched, or because the dyslexic doing the etching mis-transposed a couple digits in the VIN.


5 posted on 04/29/2012 11:37:34 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Toyota did that as an anti-theft package for my new RAV4 back in 1996. As a matter of fact, the VIN is engraved on every piece of glass and all large components.


6 posted on 04/29/2012 11:41:18 AM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: higgmeister

Same on my car which is not a Toyota.


7 posted on 04/29/2012 11:51:47 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Car thefts are way down in my part of the nation due factory installed anti-theft devices, like the key fobs. Car jackings seem a little up, but theft of scrap metal is through the roof. So, sometimes that older car that gets stolen goes to the car crusher for scrap metal and a couple hundred bucks into the thieves pocket. Leave an old car on the side of the highway and it may get towed by an unscrupulous scrapper.

Here’s a little tip for any DIY’s or homebuilders. Spray paint any copper piping that you put in your houses because scrap yards will not accept it and copper thieves know this.


8 posted on 04/29/2012 12:05:42 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (A Bounty on Zimmerman, Can Be A Bounty On ANYONE. No NBPP Mob Justice!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Molon Labbie
Here’s a little tip for any DIY’s or homebuilders. Spray paint any copper piping that you put in your houses because scrap yards will not accept it and copper thieves know this.
And that, folks, is a great example of why FR is so darn addictive. Thanks for that informative tidbit.

Fregards.
9 posted on 04/29/2012 12:19:28 PM PDT by rpierce (We have taglines now? :)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Car thieves can’t replace auto windows?

Most mechanics could do that in their own garage.

This poster - hardly a grease monkey - removed a car window once to replace a convertible top, having nearly *zero* mechanical aptitude.

This is just more nannie state cr@p.


10 posted on 04/29/2012 12:23:15 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Obama ate his own dog as a child in Indonesia??)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
This is a permanently etched number in the glass

Glass ain't permanent though.

11 posted on 04/29/2012 12:28:41 PM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyDancer

Yeah, SS#. We weren’t too smart back then.


12 posted on 04/29/2012 12:30:14 PM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

The VIN is already clearly visible on the dash through the windshield.


13 posted on 04/29/2012 12:50:57 PM PDT by MistrX
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyDancer; DManA

I still have an old Black & Decker drill from that era with my Dad’s SSN engraved on it.


14 posted on 04/29/2012 12:51:19 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Cringing Negativism Network

The glass is a relatively high-value used part. Used parts dealers (junkyards) won’t sell a piece of glass with the VIN of a stolen car on it.


15 posted on 04/29/2012 1:02:07 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Molon Labbie
Spray paint any copper piping that you put in your houses because scrap yards will not accept it and copper thieves know this.

Could you expand on that a little? Why won't scrap yards take it? Is it because it's an identifier or because it degrades it for the recycling process? Or something else?

16 posted on 04/29/2012 1:43:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: DManA

I hated that trend, it’s destroyed the collector value of a huge number of guns. Nothing like turning over a minty Smith or Colt and seeing 123-45-6789 electro-penciled in the trigger guard.

Sometimes it ticks me off so much I feel like using the number to get a credit card and use that to buy the gun.


17 posted on 04/29/2012 1:47:07 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: TigersEye

You hit it right on the head, it is an identifier and apparently it is a contaminant during the recycling process.


18 posted on 04/29/2012 1:47:28 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (A Bounty on Zimmerman, Can Be A Bounty On ANYONE. No NBPP Mob Justice!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Molon Labbie

So I got it on both counts? I do get lucky sometimes. I was wondering about it being an identifier because sometime in the future it might be legitimately scrapped. I suppose the scrapper could then produce some document showing a legitimate source though such as a contract to demolish an old building.


19 posted on 04/29/2012 1:55:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

Don’t get yourself in trouble. Just pass that SS# out at Home Depot.


20 posted on 04/29/2012 1:58:07 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: TigersEye

I like the way you think!


21 posted on 04/29/2012 2:00:33 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim
Nothing like turning over a minty Smith or Colt and seeing 123-45-6789 electro-penciled in the trigger guard.

I hope you don't get a visit from the authories for divulging Obama's Soc. Sec. #.

22 posted on 04/29/2012 2:08:02 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim
I have all kinds of ornery ideas! ;^)

Most of them never see action.
But it's nice to have some backup plans on file.

23 posted on 04/29/2012 2:08:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim
Nothing like turning over a minty Smith or Colt and seeing 123-45-6789 electro-penciled in the trigger guard.

I hope you don't get a visit from the authorities for divulging Obama's Soc. Sec. #.

24 posted on 04/29/2012 2:08:53 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: TigersEye

The copper thievery is so out of control this is most likely a stopgap measure. I have even stopped copper thieves that have made makeshift grappeling hooks to rip copper guttering down.


25 posted on 04/29/2012 2:09:56 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (A Bounty on Zimmerman, Can Be A Bounty On ANYONE. No NBPP Mob Justice!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Whoopee.
The number is already on the frame, transmission and other places. VIN on a window? Replace the window.


26 posted on 04/29/2012 2:10:54 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: R. Scott
It's good to know that you're not a car thief and don't own a chop shop. (See post #15) ;-)

FWIW it wasn't the first thing that came to my mind either.

27 posted on 04/29/2012 2:24:05 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: SkyDancer; DManA

Engrave your social security number on it! Smart. Better put on your mother’s maiden name, maternal grandfather’s names, first pet.


28 posted on 04/29/2012 4:14:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson