Combating vehicle theft

To help combat vehicle theft in Socorro County Damien Ocampo’s State Farm Agency teamed up with Socorro Police, Sheriff’s Office and the Los Lunas Police Department for a free VIN Etching event on June 23. Many stolen vehicles that are recovered have their vehicle identification numbers scratched off. This etching process embeds the vehicle’s VIN somewhere on the car and is invisible to the naked eye which helps police identify stolen vehicles. The event took place in the old Smith’s parking lot from 11-3 with the process of each car etching taking around five minutes. More than 500 vehicles received etchings on Sunday.