CHICAGO (CBS) — A brand new effort has been launched to deter thieves type stealing catalytic converters in Chicago.
As CBS 2’s Marybel González reported Thursday evening, police within the Shakespeare (14th) District on town’s Near Northwest Side stated the concept got here from a resident bored with listening to about all of the catalytic converter thefts – and after seeing some suburbs take measures into their very own fingers by portray the automobile components as a deterrence to thieves.
We spoke to one current sufferer of catalytic converter theft, who hopes extra packages like these acquire traction all through town.
Mateo Olvera Sandoval says he has not been ready to go to work in two days.
“Normally, I like have to travel ad stuff. I’ve had to call into the head coach and be like: ‘Hey, I can’t make it in today. I had to deal with all this stuff,'” Sandoval stated.
He is speaking in regards to the loud noise that now comes out of his automobile, after his catalytic converter was stolen from Sandoval’s automobile round 4 a.m. within the Pilsen neighborhood.
“It’s just this big empty space at this point, because it was sawed off,” he stated.
Sandoval stated he was quick asleep it when it occurred.
“I was actually asleep, but a neighbor heard,” he stated. “He awoke about 4:15 a.m. to the sound of like metal grinding.”
Sandoval is simply one of many newest victims of catalytic converter thefts. Data from State Farm present the insurance coverage company has paid out at the least $3.5 million in Illinois claims simply by means of June of this year– numbers the company has by no means seen earlier than.
The Illinois claims determine for all of 2021 was $3.5 million, for 2020 $1.1 million, and for 2019 $650,000.
“Difficult, frustrating – you know, you want to see more preventative measures as well,” Sandoval stated.
And that’s precisely what is occurring. Last month, police in north suburban Niles and Evanston turned to spray-painting catalytic converters to make them much less engaging to thieves and scrap sellers.
In Chicago, the 14th Police District is following their lead. This Sunday and the subsequent, they are going to be providing a free program together with the native alderman – portray catalytic converters a sizzling pink colour and marking them with a CPD stencil to deter thieves from taking them.
Registration is required, and for now solely open to residents dwelling in that space.
The 14th District is bounded by Belmont Avenue on the north, Division Street on the south, the Chicago River’s North Branch on the east, and Central Park Avenue on the west – and contains Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown, and components of Humboldt Park.
Sandoval, in the meantime, says he hopes extra packages like these might be provided in all of Chicago to stop others from going by means of the identical.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” eh stated. “Programs like that make me believe like, OK, people do care.”
The 14th Police District stated the event this coming Sunday is all booked up – so they’re internet hosting a further catalytic converter spray-painting event Sept. 18 at Drummond Montessori Magnet School, 1845 W. Cortland St.