I received this from the Folsom Police Department. Passing it on....
Community: Prevention tips for Catalytic Converter Thefts
Dear Calvin May,
The City of Folsom and the Sacramento Region have seen a trend this year of catalytic converter thefts. Catalytic converters are often sold and scrapped for their precious metals and repairs can run well over a thousand dollars. See below for trends in these thefts and tips to keep your car safe.
- Type of Vehicle Targeted: Trucks and SUVs. It is suspected these type of vehicles are being targeted because they are high off the ground which provides easy access. Tundras and Sequoias are the predominant brand however most trucks and SUVs are vulnerable. Newer Toyotas, 2016 and newer, have their converters inside the engine bay which makes older model Toyotas the particular target .
- Time & Day Pattern of Thefts: Weekends and Overnight. Multiples thefts have been reported in one night and in one area.
- Areas Targeted: Both residential and public/private parking lots. The thefts have are less likely when the vehicle is parked in the homeowner’s garage or driveway which is close to the house.
- Park your vehicles in your driveway or in your garage.
- If no garage or driveway, then park in a well-lit area or near video surveillance.
- If your converter is attached with bolts consider having the bolts welded in place or cutting the heads of the bolts off to prevent the bolts from being loosened.
- Consider etching or engraving with your license number on your converter so metal shops can identify the vehicle. You can purchase do-it-yourself kits or consult a mechanic on the process.
- Purchase a catalytic converter theft prevention kit that is designed to create a cage around your converter.
- Alert your neighbor or neighborhood watch leader of any suspicious activity, vehicles or persons.
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