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Has your Catalytic Converter Been Painted, Etched to Prevent Thieves? (Video)

"If an officer pulls over a suspect with a painted and etched catalytic converter, we can then determine the victim and arrest the person in possession of the device," said Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn in the Sacramento Bee.

180 catalytic converters were stolen in Roseville last year according to the Sacramento Bee, which is why local businesses in town have partnered with police to offer free painting and etching of the commonly stolen car part

Stolen catalytic converters can be sold for upward of $100 (because they contain valuable metals), but having your converter painted and etched with your car's license place number can help deter thieves and assist police who are investigating thefts.

Will you have your catalytic converter etched and painted? Tell us below. 

"If an officer pulls over a suspect with a painted and etched catalytic converter, we can then determine the victim and arrest the person in possession of the device," said Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn in the Sacramento Bee.

Police arrested several suspected thieves in Rocklin Sunday night with a dozen catalytic converters in their possession. If those converters had license plate numbers etched onto them, it would simplify the process of connecting these thieves to the recent thefts in Roseville. 

To schedule the free service (trucks and SUVs are given a priority), call one of these three shops:

  • Bill McAnally Racing / NAPA AutoCare Center, 900 Riverside Ave. – 916-676-0010
  • Firestone Complete Auto Care, 8051 Washington Blvd. – 916-783-0431
  • Roseville Toyota, 700 Automall Drive – 916-774-4807

Do you think this will deter thieves? Tell us in the comments section below.

Justin Cox (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM
The businesses providing the service are Roseville Toyota, Firestone Auto Care on Washington Blvd., and Bill McAnally Racing/Napa Autocare center on Riverside Avenue.
David Rowel January 17, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Just curious if these catalytic converters are recovered and the owners are identified, I am assuming that they would be contacted and thier converters be given back to them.

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