AAA East Central is providing a free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Etching in Erie today, the goal is to deter would-be thieves. 

At the VIN Etching event, technicians will administer an acid-based solution to permanently etch a vehicle's VIN on the windows. 

The solution light marks the glass, but does not weaken the windows. 

Law enforcement said, that many thieves and "chop shops" are wary of vehicles that are VIN-etched because they are less profitable during resale. 

The event is being held today, August 4, at the AAA on Peach St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.