In the Colorado Springs, more than 1,100 cars were stolen in 2008. Police say, though, there's one way for all of us to keep our cars safe from thieves.
This program is called "Watch Your Car" and officially kicks off for the year this week. The program involves getting your VIN number etched on your windows.
"Sometimes when cars are stolen, criminals will remove the plate number in the dash and also in the door post. It makes it difficult for us to identify the vehicle," says Detective Owen Scott.
But by etching the VIN number into the car windows, it’s another place to identify the car. “That's to prevent VIN numbers from being swapped or the glass getting taken out and used in other vehicles."
Detective Scott says it takes about five to 10 minutes to do the process.
He showed us a case of a Lexus that was stolen and stripped. Detective Scott says they can't figure out who owns the car. “Had the vehicle had the VIN etching program on it, we would've been able to identify it right away," says Scott.
The other part of the program, which you don't have to do, is put special decals on your car. It allows cops to pull the car over between the hours of one until five in the morning to make sure the car isn't stolen.
If you’re interested, contact Detective Scott out of the Falcon Division near Chapel Hills Mall. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 719-444-7234.