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Police to Hold Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Event

Released on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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  • Public Information Office, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, fcpsmedia@fcgov.com

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Catalytic converter theft is a crime that frequently impacts people in our community and across the state. These devices are part of a vehicle’s exhaust system and contain precious metals, making them a common target for criminals.

Fort Collins Police Services is partnering with the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) to address this problem.

On October 6, 2022 from noon to 6 p.m., the FCPS Property Crimes Unit will host a catalytic converter theft prevention event. Community members can pick up a free kit, which includes a serial number that can be applied to their vehicle’s catalytic converter. The individual can then register it with the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority. If the person’s catalytic converter is stolen, victims can report the serial number to police. Conversely, if officers ever find detached catalytic converters, they can check the serial number through CATPA to locate the owner.

“This type of theft has been plaguing our city and our region for years. Anyone can be a victim,” said Assistant Chief Tim Doran, who leads the Criminal Investigation Division. “I strongly encourage community members to take advantage of this free opportunity. Together, we can make criminals think twice about targeting vehicles here in Fort Collins.”

The event on October 6 is free to the community; however, registration is required to ensure enough kits are available and the event moves efficiently. [Update: all slots have been filled for this event. Stay tuned for future events and opportunities.]

Several automotive businesses in Fort Collins and around the state are available to apply the serial decal for individuals who want assistance. More information can be found online at https://lockdownyourcar.org/catalytic-converter-theft/

Event Information

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Location: Police Services building (north parking lot), 2221 S. Timberline Road
Time: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.