The catalytic converter is a part usually found underneath a vehicle that has unfortunately become a target for thieves. Replacing this part can cost the owner thousands of dollars depending on your vehicle. Woodbury Police are offering some tips on how to prevent this crime.
High Visibility Paint
Woodbury Public Safety has partnered with several area repair shops to help with marking catalytic converters with high visibility (hi-vis) paint. Next time you visit one of the partnering businesses for auto repair in the following list, inquire about marking your catalytic converter at no charge. Marking catalytic converters with hi-vis paint provides a visible theft deterrent and acts as an alert to officers and scrap yards when offered for sale by thieves.
Catalytic Converter Label Program
Woodbury Police is participating in the Minnesota Commerce Fraud pilot program for preventing the theft of catalytic converters. Through the program, residents can receive labels to permanently mark their car's catalytic converter with an unique ID number. Instructions for individuals to etch their converters themselves are included with the kit or residents can bring their labels to partnering shops in Woodbury who will use a solution to permanently etch the number into the converter. The Woodbury Police Department cannot apply the numbers to the converters. Once registered, the unique number allows law enforcement to trace a converter back to a specific vehicle if a converter were to be stolen and later recovered.
Demand for these kits is high. Please submit a request for a kit using the form below. You will be notified via email when your kit is available for pick-up at the Public Safety Building.