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The Niagara County Sheriff's Department is holding a program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the South Lockport Fire Company, South Transit and Ruhlman roads, to help people protect their vehicles from thieves.

Car owners will be able to get their vehicle identification numbers acid etched to the windows of their vehicles which could save them 2-to-5-percent on their car insurance annually and discourage thieves from taking them since chop shops can't remove the numbers without damaging the windows, Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein said.

Vehicle owners also may register their vehicles and sign a document stating that their motor vehicles are not normally used between 1 and 5 a.m. each day, granting officers permission to stop and check the vehicle if it is seen being operated during that period.

The program includes affixing decals to the vehicle's front and rear windows to show law enforcement officers across the country the car is registered in the "Voluntary Registration Program" and make sure the owner is the one driving it, Beilein said.

County residents who wish to take advantage of the free program need only present their driver's license, vehicle registration and insurance card to deputies, he said.

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