With automobile theft approaching one million annually in this country, automobile manufacturers are realizing the the importance of the vehicle identification number in combating this crime. Even though commercial auto thieves use sophisticated techniques to falsefy the VIN's on stolen vehicles, voluntary and required procedures are currently being employed by the manufacturers to counter these actions. Secondary and confidential markings can now provide the law enforcement agent with another tool to make positive identification of a suspect stolen vehicle. The VIN is still the only legal identification accepted in the courts to prove rightful ownership of a motor vehicle is this country.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Automotive Engineering Congress and Exposition, 23-27 Fig. 1976, Detroit, Michigan
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Campbell, R F
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 3 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134710
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE #760233
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1976 12:00AM