According to the FBI, a car is stolen about every 43 seconds in the US.
Some thieves are just looking for a joyride, but many are trying to cash in on a quick sale or make a profit on all the parts.
Keeping your car safe from being stolen can be as simple as adding a few scratches to the glass.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching involves permanently engraving your car's VIN number onto the windows and windshield and, sometimes, onto the engine and other parts as well.
Tom Crosby, with AAA of the Carolinas, says VIN etching makes a vehicle unattractive to thieves.
"Especially those who are going to take it to a chop shop," Crosby says.
To be clear, etching won't prevent a car theft, but Crosby says burglars know a visible VIN number makes the vehicle and it's parts harder to sell.
Most crooks aren't going to pay to replace all the windows and parts.
Criminals, however, may keep on walking if they see the VIN on your window. If the car is stolen, window etching can help police identify it with just a glance.
Crosby says it's a tool best used on older models.
Some older model cars are the ones that are more easily and frequently stolen.
New cars are now equipped with all sorts of safety technology including GPS making them easy to trace.
So, if you're buying or driving a used car, window etching is one way to keep your investment protected and it may even get you a discount on your car insurance.
The process takes about 15 minutes and can help you shut the window of opportunity on car thieves.
The following information is from Allstate.com in an article entitled "VIN Etching: Deter Car Thieves And Recover Your Stolen Vehicle" (Source: http://blog.allstate.com/vin-etching-deter-car-thieves-and-recover-your-stolen-vehicle/?replytocom=5660?intcid=ILC-Internal-Search-Results-120808:vin etching:result).
The following information is from the website wiseGeek.com in an article entitled "What is VIN Etching?" (Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-vin-etching.htm).
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