How To Deter Crooks From Stealing Your Car

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

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 or by phone at 719-444-7234.

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  • by Renee Location: Pueblo on May 5, 2010 at 09:31 PM
    Uh ok so if the car is stolen for parts wouldn't the theives just break out the windows and not have to worry? I mean i'm sure that windows from vehicles aren't the main thing that car theives are looking for. I can see how this would help if they are stealing it for a joyride or whatever and the car is found but if they are just going to strip it I don't see how this would help. I can't say that I know much about stealing cars so maybe thats why I don't get it.
  • by Janet Location: colorado springs on May 5, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    How much does this cost?
  • by ron Location: widefield on May 5, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    @Joe. the etching done to glass is by acid etching. it'd be noticed quickly if they tried to polish it out
  • by Joe Location: Colorado Springs on May 5, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    It's all well and good that window etching can be done, but if criminals will remove the VIN from other places, what would stop them from simply buffing it off the glass? How significant of a deterrent is this really?
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