About Auto Glass Etching

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Auto glass etching is an effective tool to reduce and prevent car thefts. They involve chemical etches of the VIN and serial numbers on the vehicle's windows, yet leave no defacing marks on the glass. Auto glass etches make car parts essentially worthless, thus making them cost prohibitive to potential thieves.


According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports for the 2006 statistics on auto thefts, an automobile is stolen every 26.4 seconds. That's 1 in 207 auto stolen in 2005, with the highest rate of thefts occurring in urban centres. An effective way to reduce car thefts is to etch the VIN and serial numbers in your auto's vehicle. This procedure is recommended by the NCIB, police departments and car insurance companies across the country.


The essential feature of auto-glass etching involves the inscription of chemical marks on all the glass windows of the vehicle. This is done using a mild acid that reacts only to glass. The etches are small and do not deface the vehicle's windows, but are noticeable enough to ward off any determined thief. The etches include information regarding Vehicle Identification Number and the vehicle's serial number, information that will aid in any recovery effort should your vehicle be stolen.


Auto-glass etches are recognisable and discreet identifications found on all windows of the vehicle. Thus, VIN and serial numbers are located on the front windshield, usually on the driver's side in the lower corner. The factory VIN number is usually prominent here. They appear on the side windows in the lower corner, usually near the door lock or the handle, and on the rear window, also on the driver's side in the lower corner or towards the middle in the lower edge.


Auto-glass etches are an effective car theft prevention tool. Stolen vehicles are taken to chop shops where they are stripped for their parts. The appearance of auto-glass etches automatically makes the parts worthless because they can be easily traced, thus making these vehicles cost prohibitive for potential thieves. Once a thief notices a vehicle has a VIN and serial number etched on its window, he'll pass on. They're that effective in preventing car thefts.


Not only are auto-glass etches effective, but they provide many benefits to car owners. Namely, states and insurance companies will often offer discounts to have them applied to vehicle windows. Since they prevent car thefts, they also reduce the amount of insurance claims, thus keeping premiums low. Car owners can apply auto-glass etches themselves, using kits that can be bought online, or they can have them performed by the auto dealerships or local auto-glass professionals.

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