Get child seats checked, cars warded from theft at Warrenton Walmart
Master Deputy Mundy Crummett prepares a car window for etching at last year's free etching event. Law officers say the etchings deter would-be car thieves. - Courtesy of Fauquier County Sheriff's Office
Law officers will help deter vehicle theft and check child seats for free Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Warrenton Walmart parking lot.
Police will etch the vehicle identification number (VIN) on vehicle windows. The etchings deter thieves, authorities say.
“Disposing of a vehicle whose windows have been VIN etched takes time, trouble and money, all in short supply for thieves,” said spokesman Lt. James Hartman in a release. “That's because the windows of stolen VIN Etched vehicles must be stripped and replaced before a thief can get rid of the car, a costly and time-consuming process.”
The etching comes through an initiative called H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Theft,) a cooperative effort of the Virginia Department of State Police, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth.
Last year, sheriff's deputies and Virginia state troopers etched 77 windows as part of this event.
Deputies will also check car seats, booster seats and safety belts for children.
Three out of four kids are not as secure in the car as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly, Hartman said.
Anyone who cannot attend the event can call the Sheriff's Office at (540) 422-8600. A certified technician can check child seats and safety equipment throughout the year, free of charge.
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