The Shirley Police Department in conjunction with the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force will hold "Vin Etching Day" in efforts to reduce car theft.
The event will be held at the Shirley Fire Department, 8 Leominster Road, on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
VIN etching entails chemically marking the car with its own unique Vehicle Identification Number on all windows, including sunroofs and T-tops.
The chemical process of etching involves using acid that reacts only to glass. Etching the VIN on all glass windows of the car makes vehicles less wanted by car thieves.
The fee for etching is $10 cash only. Most car owners see the value right away because they are given a certificate to receive a discount of 15-percent or more on their Comprehensive Auto Insurance.
You need to present your vehicle registration at the time of the etching.
The whole process should take approximately 10 minutes. No appointment necessary.
Etching will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information contact Pamela Surette, program coordinator for the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force, at 781-393-1201.