It takes about six to eight minutes, and it’s free. Allowing Dallas Police to etch a Vehicle Identification Number onto the window of your car or truck likely will keep it from getting stolen and sold for parts.

VIN etching helps track stolen vehicles, and it discourages thieves from stealing them in the first place.

Schreiber Crime Watch hosts the annual event 9 a.m.-noon this Saturday in the Lowe’s parking lot at Forest and Inwood. Get there early – cars usually are lined up for the free service.

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