VORG Web Article 12-16-04
Your Vehicles Identification Number or VIN
Your "VIN" (Vehicle Identification Number) should be covered. Seems that car thieves have found yet another way to steal your car or truck without any effort at all. The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car or truck, write down the VIN # from the label on the dash, go to the local car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN #.
The Car Dealer's Parts Department will make a duplicate key from the VIN #, and collect payment from the thief who will return to your car. He doesn't have to break in, do any damage to the vehicle, or draw attention to himself.
All he has to do is walk up to your car, insert the key and off he goes to a local Chop Shop with your vehicle. You don't believe it? It IS that easy.
To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some tape (electrical tape, duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN Metal Label located on the dash board. You can also slip a 3 x 5 card over the VIN #...By law, you cannot remove the VIN, but you can cover it so it can't be viewed through the windshield by a car thief. We didn't believe all of this, so I called a friend at Chrysler Dodge and pretended I had lost my keys. They told us to just bring in the VIN #, and they would cut us one on the spot, and we could order the keyless device if we wanted as well, using the same VIN.
We just thought you should know.