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With auto-theft on the rise, police precinct 114th organizes free VIN etching event

Aravella Simotas

Aug. 25, 2014 By Michael Florio

In an effort to combat rising auto theft, the 114 precinct is hosting a free VIN etching event on September 14th.

VIN etching– which often involves engraving a car’s windows and windscreen with the Vehicle Identification Number– helps deter theft and makes it easier for police to track down a stolen vehicle or stolen parts.

The 114th precinct will be hosting the event along with Assembly member Aravella Simotas at the Immaculate Conception parking lot, located at 21-47 29th Street, from 3 to 6 pm.

According to the latest crime statistics, Grand Larceny Auto (G.L.A.) continues to be on the rise—up 15% from a year ago.

There have been 135 reported GLAs for the year through August 19, compared to 117 incidents for the same period a year ago.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register by calling Simotas office before September 4th. The number is  718-545-3889

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