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Silver Lake Together Co-Sponsors LAPD Free Catalytic Converter Theft Protection Event

Updated: Apr 23, 2022

In an effort to combat catalytic converter thefts in Silver Lake, LAPD’s Northeastern Division will offer vehicle owners free VIN (vehicle identification number) etching on converters from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 6. Catalytic converters, devices attached to the undercarriage of a vehicle that are used to regulate its emissions, contain platinum and other precious metals, making them a lucrative target for thieves. Converter thieves often target Hondas and Toyotas that sit high (vehicles often seen on the streets of Silver Lake) and it take thieves just minutes to saw off a converter.

Free VIN etching will take place by appointment on Silver Lake Boulevard on the east side of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Complex, north of the dog park. The program is presented by LAPD Northeast Division and co-sponsored by CD 13 Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Silver Lake Together.

Data shows California leads the nation in the skyrocketing number of catalytic converter thefts, a 33-percent increase for 2020 and a 380-percent increase over 2019.

Call 323.561.3262 before April 6 to make an appointment for free VIN etching.

Learn more about the stunning increase in catalytic converter thefts here.



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