Free VIN etching scheduled May 5

Henrico County Police Division, in partnership with the Virginia State Police H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) program and Virginia Center Commons, will provide free "VIN" (Vehicle Identification Number) glass etching on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen.

The free H.E.A.T. VIN etching is part of a regional initiative to combat auto theft by providing free chemical glass etching and by distributing free auto theft prevention materials. The event will not be held if there is inclement weather, and there is no rain date.

The VIN etching process takes less than 15 minutes, not counting the time spent in the queue line. All vehicles in the queue by 2 p.m. will be included in the VIN etching program. VIN-etched vehicle owners may also receive car insurance discounts and should contact their insurance companies for more information.

Each VIN is a 17-character combination of numbers and letters that is unique for and included on every vehicle manufactured since 1981. It sets each vehicle apart from millions of other vehicles . VIN’s were standardized in the early 1980s. Prior to this time, VIN’s were unique, but they varied in length and format. Today, each character of the standard 17-digit VIN has a particular purpose. VIN’s can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts, and insurance coverage.

Permanently marking these numbers on a vehicle's windows discourages thieves from stealing etched vehicles because they must strip and replace VIN etched windows before they can dispose of the car. VIN etching also removes any potential profit for professional thieves who sell vehicle windows and windshields to “chop shops.” VIN etched vehicles have a 64 percent lower theft rate than not etched cars and if stolen have a more than 85 percent chance of recovery.

For details about the H.E.A.T. VIN Etching, call Henrico Police Investigator John Gregg, Jr. at 501-4829 or Crime Prevention Officer Larry Belviso at 501-5236.
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State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Each month, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter conducts support group meetings to provide the community with an opportunity to meet for mutual support and to exchange coping skills. A group for caregivers will meet at 1 p.m. at Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd. For details, call 967-2580. Full text

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