VIN Etching

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What is VIN Etching?
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Etching is one of the most effective means to deter auto theft that is currently available. Etching is a fast, safe and simple process of having a vehicle's VIN engraved onto its windows using a chemical solution. Once the VIN has been etched on all the windows, a thief must strip and replace every piece of glass in order to profit off the sale of the stolen vehicle or its parts. Doing so it a time-consuming and expensive feat, which deters many thieves from stealing VIN-etched vehicles in the first place.
Finding an Event
The etching process take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to complete. However, please anticipate a wait time of anywhere from 0 to 60 minutes, as there is typically a line of vehicles waiting to be etched.

2016 MCPD VIN Etching Events


Saturday, June 11
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Manassas Train Depot (parking lot)
9431 West St (between Center St & Prince William St)
There will be a BBQ fundraiser taking place at the VIN etching, with proceeds to benefit the Manassas City Police Association, so bring the whole family and enjoy some BBQ while your vehicle is being etched!


Saturday, October 15
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Location TBA
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Find other events in your area by visiting HEAT's online calendar.

Contact Information

Adrienne Helms, CPS
Community Services Section

9518 Fairview Ave
Manassas, VA 20110
Tel: 703-257-8064
Fax: 703-257-5892

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