With catalytic converter thefts continuing to rise, the Richardson Police Department is increasing efforts to get the word out about preventing thefts. The thefts usually occur quickly and can happen in broad daylight, as thieves armed with cordless cutting tools pull up to a parked car, slide under and cut off the converter, which is valued for the precious metals it contains.

The loss of the part can severely affect a car’s driving ability, and replacement and repair can be costly and time consuming, in light of current labor and supply shortages.

Steps to prevent theft:

  • Park close to entrances for visibility
  • Paint/etch the converter to deter resale
  • Watch out for someone working under a vehicle in a parking lot
  • In parking lots, listen for sounds of drilling, cutting or grinding metal

If you suspect a catalytic converter crime, call 911.