Monday, April 22, 2013

Block Association to Host Etching Event with 102nd Pct.

The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association and the 102nd Precinct will host a free event to protect residents' property.

The event will occur this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the WRBA's office (84-20 Jamaica Avenue).  Residents will be able to register electronics and other valuables with the NYPD, enroll their vehicles in anti-auto theft programs, and set up appointments for vehicle identification number (VIN) etchings.

The New York Police Department will engrave an identifiable serial number on all portable valuables, such as computers, fax machines, bicycles, cell phones, and the like.  The NYPD will add those serial numbers, and the owners' names, to their records.  This etching makes it easier to return stolen or lost property to its rightful owner, and makes it more difficult for thieves to sell engraved valuables.  The event is part of the NYPD's Operation ID program, a citywide initiative that has proven effective.

"This is an excellent chance to safeguard some of your most valuable possessions, which also happen to be some of the most inviting targets for thieves," said WRBA President Edward K. Wendell.  "We're very pleased to continue our strong relationship with the 102nd Precinct to serve Woodhaven and the surrounding community."

Those who stop by will also have the chance to learn more about and register their autos in the NYPD's Combat Auto Theft (CAT) and Help End Auto Theft (HEAT) programs, which help safeguard your vehicle by allowing the police to stop your vehicle if it's being driven at unusual times or by unusual persons.  In addition, this event will also allow residents to make an appointment for a vehicle VIN etching.  The police will come to your home and etch your auto's VIN on all the vehicle's glass, which deters theft and makes it easier to trace stolen parts.

Those with questions should contact the WRBA at or call (718) 296-3735 and leave a message.

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WRBA office: (718) 296-3735