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Southern Nevada Boys & Girls Club spends $25K in repairs, protection after catalytic converter thefts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An area nonprofit shared the problems it has been having with a rash of catalytic converter thefts over the previous year. 

“We can’t afford to keep doing it,” Andy Bischel, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada stated. 

Bischel shared his frustration with 8 News Now over an uptick in catalytic converters being stolen from vans. 

“I don’t want it to happen anywhere,” Bischel defined. “But I just don’t want it to happen here.”

He stated their west valley location has had a number of models taken over the previous year from the west valley location close to Sahara Avenue and Jones Boulevard. 

In all, the group has spent about $25,000 on repairs and protection for its vans, whereas additionally parking them inside the placement’s gymnasium at evening.  

“They know they’re stealing it from the Boys and Girls Club,” Bischel defined. “That’s the kind of disturbing part for me.”

Catalytic converter thefts proceed to be a giant drawback throughout the valley. Metro Police noticed round 1,900 instances in 2021. North Las Vegas Police have reported 156 theft calls to date this year, which is a 28% enhance from final year. 

On Wednesday, the City of North Las Vegas mentioned a possible ordinance to curb these crimes. It would prohibit the possession of catalytic converters and require a VIN quantity together with documentation to promote one. 

While the ordinance was proposed this week, many companies spoke out about the necessity to see the way it will have an effect on them, so council members will focus on it once more in the following 60 days. 

“The work that we do is really meaningful to the kids and the families we serve,” Bischel stated. “And anything to delay that process is frustrating.”

Bischel stated the concept of an ordinance in any native metropolis, so he may see some change to higher observe down these chargeable for taking so many. 

“The holiday season,” he concluded. “It’s a time for giving, not taking.”

Several states have already handed legal guidelines to stop catalytic converter theft. The Nevada Legislature is predicted to listen to not less than one invoice associated to this in 2023. 

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