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Police offer free auto theft prevention program registration

Feb. 22, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.


VIN ETCHING

For more information, contact the Victoria Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 361-485-3808 or stop by the office located in the Victoria Mall next to Chick-fil-A.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: VIN etching and HEAT registration

• WHEN: 9 a.m-noon Saturday

• WHERE: Patti Welder Middle School, 1604 E. North St.

•  COST: Free

The Victoria Police Department is offering free theft prevention etching and enrollment in the HEAT program Saturday, according to a Victoria Police Department news release.

HEAT (Help End Auto Theft) is a statewide vehicle registration program sponsored by the Texas Department of Public Safety that assists law enforcement officials in identifying stolen vehicles.

Any vehicle owner in Texas can register their vehicle in the HEAT program. A vehicle registered with the HEAT program will have decals placed on the front and rear windows. Statistics show that most vehicles are stolen between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. These decals authorize law enforcement officers to stop the vehicle between those hours anywhere in Texas.

The vehicle ownership will also be verified anytime the vehicle passes from Texas into Mexico.

In addition, each vehicle is equipped with a Vehicle Identification Number plate on the dashboard. These plates are easily replaced with new, fake plates by auto thieves. When the windows are etched with the VIN number, a thief has to replace all the windows and dispose of the glass. This will cost the thief time and money.

You will need to have a current driver's license and automobile insurance, and the registered owner must be present.

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