|MAKE YOUR CAR UNATTRACTIVE TO CAR THIEVES
The Automobile Club of California Santa Monica branch, the LAPD, West Los Angeles Division, and NICB are combining efforts to thwart vehicle theft and vehicle burglary by hosting a free VIN car window etching event. This event is to help raise consumer awareness of auto theft and to stop car thieves.
WHEN: On Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, between 10 AM to 3 PM, AAA and West Los Angeles Area Police will be applying federally-registered VIN numbers onto all windows of vehicles. On average, the etching process takes approximately 10 minutes. Etched windows make a stolen vehicle easier to trace, and deter car thieves who would need to replace VIN-etched windows if they changed the VIN on the front dash.
WHERE: LAPD, West Los Angeles Division parking lot, 1663 Butler Ave, 90025 (Telephone: 310-444-0702.) Auto Club, NICB and officers will perform window etching.
WHY: Car theft is the #1 ongoing property crime in America. There were 14,382 vehicles stolen in Los Angeles, according to 2013 FBI Annual Uniform Crime Report. The West Los Angeles area experienced an 11% increase in vehicle thefts from 2013 to 2014, according to LAPD West Los Angeles Division crime statistics. Top stolen vehicles were 1990s Honda Accords, Honda Civics, Toyota Camrys and 2000s Toyota Corollas.
In addition, car thieves and vehicle burglars are targeting vehicles to steal third-row seats in SUVs, airbags, in-car entertainment systems, GPS navigation systems, iPods, cell phones, briefcases, gym bags, wallets, shopping packages, as well as bank statements, and credit card bills to steal identities, according to law enforcement officials.
For additional information, please contact Auto Club, Elaine Beno, 714-885-2324 or the West Los Angeles Area Community Relations Office at 310-444-0735.