Catalytic converters, along with copper and other metals, have become a hot commodity for thieves because of their value, relative ease to steal, and their lack of identifying markings. The lack of identification makes it difficult for police to identify victims and successfully apprehend and prosecute criminals. The most common vehicles that catalytic converters are stolen from are Toyota trucks and SUVs due to their ground clearance. These thefts can result in thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs.
The Rocklin Police Department is partnering with the Sierra College Auto Club and local businesses to address the identification issue by hosting a FREE catalytic converter etching event. At this event, the vehicle’s license plate number will be etched onto the converter, thus providing police with investigative information to identify victims and arrest and successfully prosecute thieves. The event is sponsored by Lowes, Superfast Signs, Big Daddy’s Pizza Co., Starbucks, WAVE Broadband, Minuteman Press, Kona Coffee Café, and the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Sierra College campus (auto shop), located at 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. Please call the Rocklin Police Department Catalytic Converter Hotline at 916-625-5418 to schedule an appointment. If the appointments have been filled, “drive ins” are welcome and will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis throughout the day.