Police investigate 10 catalytic converter thefts on same day in Pleasanton – Pleasanton Weekly

July 20, 2022 by No Comments

The other half were not far apart on Stoneridge Drive, Stoneridge Mall Road, Owens Drive and Hopyard Road.

Catalytic converters are a popular target for thieves because of their relative accessibility at the bottom of vehicles and the high recycling sale value of their parts. The thefts can be expensive for victims, to replace the costly converter and repair damage to their vehicle.

The crime is a focus of Pleasanton Police Department community outreach, according to Billdt.

“In the material, we highlight preventative measures like parking vehicles in garages when possible with the garage door closed. If that’s not possible, park in areas visible to people, near windows, security cameras, or under lights when dark,” he said.

“We also recommend etching converters with the vehicle’s VIN number, a driver’s license or other means that makes it easier to trace the converter back to the owner if it is recovered,” he added. “There are also protective sleeves for converters available, often referred to as ‘cat strap’ or ‘car clamps’, that surround converters making it more difficult for thieves to cut through.”

For more information on preventative measures, contact the PPD crime prevention officer at 925-931-5245.

Source: https://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2022/07/20/police-investigate-10-catalytic-converter-thefts-reported-on-same-day-in-pleasanton

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