Based on the success of LAPD’s first VIN (vehicle identification number) catalytic converter etching event in Silver Lake, the department is holding a second event this Thursday, May 19, at Eagle Rock Plaza , 2700 Colorado Boulevard. The free etching will begin at 10 a.m. and appointments are not required.
LAPD’s first catalytic converter etching was held on April 6 in Silver Lake. The free etching, co-sponsored by LAPD’s Northeast Division, CD 13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, and Silver Lake Together, was created by LAPD to protect vehicle owners from the theft of catalytic converters that contain platinum and other precious metals.
This year alone, just under 200 catalytic converters were reported as stolen in the Northeast Division, which includes Atwater Village, Silver Lake, Highland Park and Eagle Rock.
Silver Lake’s Senior Lead Officer Jose Ramirez reported that 120 vehicles were etched on the April 6.