VIN etching is a common and cost-effective tool when it comes to auto theft prevention. Many auto parts buyers will not purchase parts that carry vehicle identification numbers (VIN) because of the risks involved. The odds of recovering a vehicle that has been etched are much higher than the odds of recovering a vehicle that hasn’t.

VIN numbers are etched onto the windshield and windows of vehicles. Thieves try to avoid stealing vehicles that have been etched because VINs can reduce or eliminate their profits. The process of changing VINs can be expensive and time consuming for car thieves.

The AmeriCorps Urban Safety project offers vin etching services free of charge to community and neighborhood groups in our target area. If you are interested in setting up a vin etching event for your neighborhood or community group please contact us for more information at

Here is an informative video explaining what VIN-etching is and its process