Wichita Targets Catalytic Converter Thefts

By Staff Writer August 17, 2021 260

The Wichita Police Department is launching Operation “Cat Guard” to address the rising numbers of catalytic converter thefts in Wichita, Kan. During this effort, police are partnering with area automobile dealerships and auto repair shops to install 2,000 unique serial numbers on catalytic converters. Owners can then register the serial numbers into a national database. The operation will be taking place on Saturday, Aug. 21 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at more than a dozen auto businesses.

“This year over 760 catalytic converter thefts have been reported, which is over 200 more than reported in all of 2020,” Chief Gordon Ramsay said. “We are working on innovative ways to reduce this crime that has been having a significant impact on businesses and residents. The police are grateful for area dealerships and auto repair shops partnering with us to help reduce these thefts. The scrap metal industry must start to be part of the solution instead of fighting legislation that will help us stop this expensive crime.”

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Last modified on Tuesday, 17 August 2021 01:26