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Old 2nd June 2017, 10:25   #1
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Default Thieves drive off 150 Jeeps using stolen computer code

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Using stolen computer codes thieves were able to obtain duplicate keys and then steal cars. Sharing VIN can be dangerous.

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Sharing VIN can be dangerous.
After reading this, I am afraid of the VIN Sticker pasted by the vehicle Manufacturer on Window Glass.

Does this mean that Sticker should be removed after taking delivery of new vehicle?
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Does this mean that Sticker should be removed after taking delivery of new vehicle?
Of course, by all means do so. That sticker is meant to track the vehicle during assembly and shipping phases at the factory. Use WD40 or similar solution to peel off the sticker.
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After reading this, I am afraid of the VIN Sticker pasted by the vehicle Manufacturer on Window Glass.

Does this mean that Sticker should be removed after taking delivery of new vehicle?
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Of course, by all means do so. That sticker is meant to track the vehicle during assembly and shipping phases at the factory. Use WD40 or similar solution to peel off the sticker.
Cars in the US are mandated to display their VIN; most commonly, you will find it on the lower corner of the front windshield. Ford cars even in India display it.

I have a feeling this could be an inside job, or sophisticated hacking.
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Cars in the US are mandated to display their VIN; most commonly, you will find it on the lower corner of the front windshield. Ford cars even in India display it.

I have a feeling this could be an inside job, or sophisticated hacking.
Yes, but the main difference is those are far more discrete than a large sticker with the VIN # and a bar code on the quarter glass or a fender. Besides, since it is not mandatory in this country why display this info?

This may be an inside job and after this incident the Feds may pause to think if displaying the VIN on the windshield is such a good idea.

PS - there are some in India who get the car's VIN etched on the front and/or rear windshields as an anti theft measure

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PS - there are some in India who get the car's VIN etched on the front and/or rear windshields as an anti theft measure
Few years back, it was mandatory (or otherwise in vogue) to get the Registration Number etched on all 4 side windows . I remember my cars having it. Don't know what happened to that rule/trend.
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PS - there are some in India who get the car's VIN etched on the front and/or rear windshields as an anti theft measure
People get their registration numbers etched, not VINs here, to prevent and identify stolen cars and windshields.

Like you said, why display the VIN here when it is not compulsory? Technology doesnt take a lot of time to penetrate one market after another and with the kind of anti-theft infrastructure we have, it is easier to execute here.
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People get their registration numbers etched, not VINs here, to prevent and identify stolen cars and windshields.
True, it's mostly the registration #. But I've known some of my friends etching the VIN as well. Reason is many stolen cars have their VINs filed/scraped off before sale.

As for my cars, no etching of VIN or reg. # yet.
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