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Etching Away At Auto Theft

Creative Stencil Develops Unique Anti-theft System

Challenge and Goals

Creative Stencil embarked on a mission to dramatically reduce the number of thefts with an etching system. The company needed a way to help car owners keep their vehicles safe without compromising the appearance or quality of their cars. Automobile thieves are most interested in car parts, thus Creative Stencil was looking for a way to mark a range of car parts.

Creative Stencil

Our goal has always been to protect consumers’ vehicles and reduce the risk of theft. Because car thieves (and chop shops) often steal vehicles for the parts, by working with FLEXcon we are able to create a product that delivers an extra layer of protection through permanent labels with etchings and by alerting would-be thieves that the parts in a specific vehicle are permanently marked.

– Don Liberacki, Creative Stencil Inc.

Solution

FLEXcon and Creative Stencil worked together to reduce the threat of auto theft for car owners by using permanent labels with etchings that are placed on automobile parts to deter thieves from stealing a vehicle. FLEXcon also provided Creative Stencil with materials that are used for window warning stickers that are applied to the rear side windows to warn potential thieves that parts within the vehicle are marked and are traceable by law enforcement. Creative Stencil permanently marks both glass and metal to ensure that authorities can trace every part. The body marking labels have unique PIN and telephone numbers permanently etched or engraved by laser.

FLEXcon provided a custom Silver Polyester for Creative Stencil to print body marking labels. The material can withstand various conditions, including UV exposure, temperature extremes and chemical/solvent contact. When the product is laser etched by Creative Stencil the label is permanently adhered to a specific metal part of the car and leaves a traceable “footprint” behind upon removal. Silver Polyester uses an adhesive system that allows the etching on the part to remain visible via black light if the label is removed.

Results

FLEXcon and Creative Stencil were able to develop a solution that reduces the risk of auto-theft. These identity label systems are frequently offered to prospective consumers as they go through the process of buying a new car through new car dealers. With Creative Stencil’s unique approach and FLEXcon’s expertise, the companies were able to create comprehensive labeling solutions with adhesive chemistries to provide a truly unique anti-theft system.