Roanoke Police and State Police hosting VIN etching event

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Roanoke Police in partnership with Virginia State Police is hosting a VIN etching event.

According to Roanoke Police's Facebook page, the event is scheduled to take place Saturday in the parking lot of Target at Valley View from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is at no cost, and police will engrave your VIN into several windows of your car.

Police say VIN etching helps prevent theft and also provides an easier recovery of your vehicle if it is stolen.