The Rocklin Police Department is suspending the semi-annual Etch and Catch events at Sierra College.
In January 2016, the Rocklin Police Department will continue the Etch and Catch program by partnering with local businesses to offer provide etching to catalytic converters to all their customers on a daily basis.
Since February 11, 2012, the Rocklin Police Department Etch and Catch program has been responsible for etching 1,362 vehicles and the program being used by law enforcement agencies throughout northern California.
Through this new program, we are setting a goal of etching at least 1,000 vehicles by the end of 2016.
Additional information regarding the updated Etch and Catch program will be available in December 2015.
The following businesses have shown their support to our community by sponsoring the recent Etch and Catch Catalytic Converter Etching Events presented by the Rocklin Police Department. Please stop by and support them as they have supported our community.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
A very special thank you to Mr. Brent Edson and his fifth grade class at the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Roseville for their hard work in providing input for this web site and being the source for making this web site a reality.
Here is a little note/training from the Rocklin and Sacramento Police Departments regarding catalytic converters.
Rocklin Police Department posts:
Catalytic Converter Thieves Target SUVs and Trucks
Catalytic converter theft is a nationwide problem and Rocklin is not immune to this trend. Did you know it costs up to $1500 to replace a stolen catalytic converter? If your vehicle has two, you could be out $3000!
The most popular type of vehicles are usually bigger SUVs and trucks with a high clearance that make it easy for thieves to slip underneath. Thieves can remove the converter using a cutting tool or simply unbolting it in a matter of minutes.
High target vehicles include SUVs such as Toyota Sequoia and 4Runner, trucks such as Dodge Ram, Toyota Tacoma and Tundra. Other high clearance vehicle makes and models are also susceptible to thieves.
What are some ways to minimize or prevent catalytic converter theft?
· Park your vehicle in the garage or behind a fenced area when at home. Install motion sensor lighting.
· Park in well-lit, highly visible areas or where there is high foot traffic when out. Park near security cameras, if possible.
· Park defensively. Park high profile vehicles so they are surrounded by low ground clearance vehicles. This may deter thieves by making it harder for them to access the most vulnerable targets.
· Purchase aftermarket catalytic converter theft deterrents.
· Have your catalytic converter etched at Rocklin’s next Etch and Catch Event (coming in March!). Watch for the date via our Rocklin PD app. See our police department web page for downloading instructions
· Visit your local muffler shop and have the converter secured with a couple of pieces of hardened steel welded to the frame.
· Spread community awareness. Thieves often target the same neighborhoods.
If your catalytic converter is stolen, notify the police department immediately and have a report taken.
Sacramento Police Department posts:
This information was created for you by the metal Task Force (Officer Lenard/Officer Yager).
General Catalytic Converter Information :
A Catalytic Converter is a part of the vehicles exhaust system. It helps reduce vehicle pollution. Catalytic Converters are located under a vehicle on the exhaust pipe before the muffler(s). Catalytic Converters, along with copper and other metals, have become a hot commodity for thieves. Catalytic Converter theft has become popular because of their value, relative ease to steal (unbolt or cut out), and their lack of identifying markings. The lack of identification makes it difficult to identify victims and successfully apprehend and prosecute criminals.
Thieves take the stolen Catalytic Converters to metal recyclers. The recyclers pay an average of $120 per converter for the precious metals inside them. Victims pay an average of $1,500 (or an average $250/$500 insurance deductible) to get the converter(s) replaced. But the cost can be as much as $5,000.
What Vehicles are targeted by Catalytic Converter Thieves?
Any vehicle manufactured after 1974 can be a target. However, Trucks and SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) are the vehicles they target the most. They prefer Trucks and SUV’s, because they are higher off the ground and easier to crawl under. Gasoline Toyota Trucks and SUV’s in the 90’s to the late 2000’s AND Diesel Dodge Trucks 2007+ are especially vulnerable. The Catalytic Converters have a higher recyclable value and they are easier to remove. The thieves can quickly unbolt/cut out the converter in minutes.
If your Catalytic Converter has been replaced with an aftermarket Catalytic Converter within the past few years, there is a good chance it won’t be stolen. The new aftermarket Catalytic Converters don’t have as much of the precious metals, so thieves typically don’t take them.
Common Places where Catalytic Converter theft Occurs?
Your Home Driveway or Street Most of the Catalytic Converter thefts occur while your car is parked in your driveway or on the street in front of your house. School / Mall / Hardware & Convenience Store Parking Lots Vehicles parked in large open School, Mall, Hardware & Convenience Store parking lots are susceptible. A look-out will often watch out as a thief takes the Catalytic Converter.
Secluded Areas :
Thieves target remote areas such as Regional Parks, Boat Launch Ramps, and Airports.
Commuter / Car Pool / Park and Ride Lots Vehicles left in Car Pool parking lots are venerable.
Tips on how to help prevent your Catalytic Converter from getting Stolen:
-If you have a vehicle with an accessible and highly desirable factory Catalytic Converter a thief would want to steal (see reverse side to determine), we strongly recommend you get extra metal welded on your exhaust system:
Have extra metal welded to your exhaust system. Muffler shops are now offering an effective way to protect your Catalytic Converter. They weld on metal rods to make it difficult for the Catalytic Converter to be removed. The cost is often less than your insurance deductible and definitely less than the full replacement cost (if you don’t have comprehensive insurance).
-For all vehicles here are the recommended options:
Get your Catalytic Converter etched We suggest getting your Catalytic Converter etched (engraved) with your vehicle license plate number. Our department offers a free “Etch and Catch” event – see our “Etch and Catch” event link on our web page, www.sacpd.org, for more information.
Park in your Garage
One of the best ways to protect your vehicles Catalytic Converter is to park your vehicle(s) inside a garage or in a secure side yard. If you must park your vehicle in the driveway, motion detector lights or continuous lights illuminating your driveway will be a deterrent.
Look for suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood. If you see a suspicious person under a vehicle, chances are they are attempting to steal the Catalytic Converter. Get the suspect(s) and/or suspect vehicle descriptions if possible. Write down the license plate of a suspicious vehicle if you can safely. If the crime is in progress, call 911 or the emergency number 916-732-0100. If the crime is not in progress, call our SPD non-emergency number 264-5471 with the information.
Educate your friends and neighbors about Catalytic Converter theft so they can be a look-out too.
What if your Catalytic Converter is stolen?
If your Catalytic Converter is stolen, you will know right away when you start your vehicle. It will sound like you don't have a muffler at all (like loud motorcycle mufflers). It is ok to drive your vehicle directly to a muffler/dealer shop to get the Catalytic Converter replaced. You do not need your vehicle towed to the shop. If your vehicle qualifies (which is based on your make, model, and year of your vehicle), replace your stolen Catalytic Converter with an aftermarket Catalytic Converter. They don’t have nearly the same recyclable value. As a result, it is unlikely the aftermarket Catalytic Converter would get stolen.
**There is a new trend in catalytic converter theft. They are stealing catalytic converters from Dodge Diesel trucks 2007 to 2014. The thieves can remove the converters within minutes. They are only 4 bolts to undo. These catalytic converters have the highest recycle value at $500 per converter. As a result, the theft is almost equal to the Toyota trucks and SUVs now. The replacement cost can be as high as $5,000!
If you are in this high risk category, we strongly suggest getting the welding done around the catalytic converter. It is the best way to protect your converter by far.
Here are the reputable mufflers shops we know are providing the welding:
The 3 Marco Mufflers stores in the County.
Specialized Exhaust & Custom Fabrication in Elk Grove.
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And following up on Sacramento PD's post, you can also look to spot weld the bolts that attach the catalytic converter to the vehicle's exhaust at your dealership or any muffler shop. If you have the opportunity to get the welding done or purchase a cage for your catalytic converter, that is great, but be sure to get the etching and spray painting done first. Any of those other after market add ons can be defeated with a wrench or the proper cutting tool, such as a pipe cutting tool or sawz all, and the only thing that will help in locating victims and arresting/prosecuting the criminal in the long run is the identifying information we etch, your vehicle's license plate number, onto your catalytic converter.