The Crime Prevention Unit is sponsoring a free Program on Saturday at the Clarkstown Police Department in New City to help the public safeguard their vehicles against theft.
The program, running from 8 a.m. to noon at 20 Maple Ave., is part of the “Watch your car VIN (vehicle identification number) program” nationwide program. Police etch the vehicle’s VIN number into the windows of the vehicle, making vehicles less likely to be targeted by car thieves.
New York State law provides for insurance premium discounts ranging from 2 to 5 percent when owners VIN-etch their cars.
At the same time, town police are inviting residents to become part of the “Watch Your Car" decal program, another anti-theft effort. Special decals used the program alert police that a specific car should not normally be on the roads during the hours of 1 to 5 a.m.
Participants in the program sign up to allow police to stop the car and make sure it is not stolen or being used illegally during those overnight hours.
For more information, contact the Clarkstown Police Community Policing Unit at 845-639-5980.