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Labor Day car theft prevention

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While many of us are celebrating three days of no work, not everyone is taking time off this labor day weekend. Police warn that many auto thieves will be putting in extra time over the next few days.

Richard Fischer is not taking any chances this holiday weekend, he's taking full advantage of Roanoke City's VIN etching program.

"I felt like if it doesn't cost me anything and takes less than a half hour it's a great thing to do," says Fischer.

Roanoke City Police are giving people like Richard a free chance to fight off thieves.

"If I go into a larger city, I'm unfamiliar with the neighborhood or in a parking garage, it's far less likely that someone would want to take this car after I've had this done," says Fischer.

It's especially important this Labor Day Weekend with the National Crime Information Center naming the holiday one of the top five for stolen vehicles.

"Make sure that where it's parked its in a well lit area, make sure the cars locked and make sure there are no spare keys in it. Just be aware of the area you're in," says Roanoke City Deputy Dale Brink.

And being aware is something Richard Fischer is not taking lightly.

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