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NOVA Police Offering Free VIN Etching at Annandale Campus

May 16, 2012

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Police will be offering Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching on May 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Annandale Campus in parking lots B15 and B16. This free event open to the public is through a collaboration between NOVA Police, Virginia State Police and Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT).

VIN etching involves the use of a stencil and an acidic etching paste to engrave a vehicle identification number onto the window of a motor vehicle. This is a safe and economical deterrent that helps police detect and identify stolen cars.

The registered owner(s) of a vehicle must present for the etching. For more information, contact Tony Ong at

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