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How to prevent a catalytic converter theft

Many drivers took benefit of one other etching occasion Sunday out at Midas Auto and Tires in Tempe.

PHOENIX — There’s a quickly rising development within the Valley of thieves stealing catalytic converters from vehicles. The City of Tempe teamed up with Maricopa County to maintain you from changing into a goal. 

“I’m getting my catalytic converter etched, we’ve just felt kind of unsafe, we’ve heard a lot of stories from our friends and families, so this is just a preventative measure that happens to be free,” one automotive proprietor stated.

Many drivers took benefit of one other etching occasion Sunday out at Midas Auto and Tires in Tempe to deter thieves from chopping off the elements. 

Midas Owner and Operator Nick Maselli defined that staff tagged the converters with the VIN and plate quantity plus sprayed them with orange paint.

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“It’s a marking so that way if someone gets caught with it, you’ll be able to identify it. If someone decides to go under the vehicle hopefully they’ll see that’s colored and they’ll stay away from it,” he stated.

Tempe Police Sgt. Hector Encinas stated this type of neighborhood name to motion will hopefully assist automotive homeowners sidestep this crime.

“Hey, this does not belong to this person, this is in fact stolen, so we’re going to see better and stronger cases and better enforcement to stop this problem from occurring,” Encinas stated.

It’s a downside countywide which is why the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is on board with such efforts.

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“We have people that are supporting their fentanyl addictions by stealing catalytic converters and they sell them because they have desired materials inside and then it leaves the person with 10 times the cost to repair their vehicle,” Rachel Mitchell defined.

Authorities reported 4,700 thefts final year, a 6,000% improve from 2019.

“It’s on pace to beat even last year, so it is an increasing problem, as County Attorney I want to put a stop to this, it’s really disrupting people’s lives,” Mitchell added.

Tempe Police say they might host extra occasions like this sooner or later, however they’re hopeful this particular crime will lower over time, with efforts like this in place.

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