This event has had to be postponed because of equipment issues. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know ASAP when it is rescheduled.
WHAT: The Auto Club of Southern California, the CHP, the Bakersfield Police Dept. and NICB are extending their long-time partnership of thwarting vehicle theft by holding a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) window etching event to help raise consumer awareness of vehicle theft and to stop car thieves.
SEE: Stenciling of VIN numbers onto all windows of vehicles. On average, the etching process takes just 10-15 minutes. Etched windows make a vehicle easier to trace, and deter car thieves.
WHO: The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Linda Heald and Jeff Darling; Bakersfield Police Dept.’s Sgt. Greg Jehle; CHP’s Central Division Sgt. Kelly Olson; and the NICB’s Pete Briones.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, for media interviews and b-roll; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for window VIN etching for the public.
WHERE: Auto Club’s Bakersfield Branch, 1500 Commercial Way, 93309. The Auto Club Bakersfield Branch staff is performing the etching in the parking lot. Branch Telephone: 661-327-4661.
WHY: The NICB ranks Bakersfield No. 5 in the nation for stolen vehicles. Frequently stolen vehicles in Bakersfield are older 1990s Honda Accords and Civics, 1990s and early 2000’s GM Pick Ups and SUV’s with aftermarket accessories such as expensive and oversized rims.
In addition to targeting vehicles, car thieves are also stealing in-car entertainment and GPS navigation systems, iPods, briefcases and gym bags that may contain valuables, as well as bank statements and credit card bills with information to steal identities, according to police.
CONTACT: Auto Club, Jeff Spring/Elaine Beno, 714-885-2333; Bakersfield Police Dept. Sgt. Greg Jehle, 661-326-3185; CHP Central Division, Sgt. Kelly Olson, 661-334-3753; and NICB’s Pete Briones, 661-393-4320.