Duluth Police Department Part Of Initiative To Prevent Catalytic Converter Thefts
The Duluth Police Department along with some local businesses has now become part of the Catalytic Converter Initiative. This is a free service at designated businesses to help prevent the theft of catalytic converters. Vehicles that are higher off the ground tend to be more of a target because it is easier for thieves to get under the vehicles and cut them out.
Catalytic Converters are being stolen due to their high-value precious metals. According to a Press Release from the DPD "From September 1 to October 13 of this year, the Duluth Police Department took approximately a dozen reported thefts of catalytic converters within the City. To deteriorate thieves from continuing to steal catalytic converters, DPD, in partnership with a few auto repair shops in Duluth, is using an identification kit to ID or mark catalytic converters."
So what is the program all about? It is a super strong label that is attached to your catalytic converter with an ID Number that is registered to the vehicles VIN number which can track the stolen piece. If a thief steals a marked and registered Catalytic converter they run a real risk of being caught if an officer or a potential purchaser checks the status, by accessing the database and entering the unique code.
The Duluth Police Department’s Catalytic Converter Initiative is a grant-funded program. The following places are part of the program that will install these stickers for Free:
- 4th Street Auto: 1118 E 4th St, Duluth, MN # (218) 724-8090
- Thompson's T-Express: 210 S 27th Ave W, Duluth, MN # (218)-722-0005
- Allstar Service Center: 329 E Central Entrance, Duluth, MN # (218)-279-5200