Long Beach police to host free event to mark catalytic converters to prevent theft

The Long Beach Police Department will host a free event next Saturday to help prevent catalytic converters from getting stolen.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, crews of the city’s Fleet Services Bureau will engrave the VIN or license plate numbers of people’s cars onto the catalytic converters so they could help police locate the owners in investigations if they ever get stolen.

“This process can assist LBPD investigations if your catalytic converter is stolen and may also discourage criminals from stealing it,” a post for the event read.

In March, police reported that grand theft auto calls, or calls involving stolen vehicles, had increased 57% when compared to the same period of time last year. The vehicle most targeted for theft were Chevy Silverado pickup trucks from 2000 through 2006, according to police.

To register for the event and for more details click here.

Residents can call the department’s non-emergency line at 562-435-6711 to file a stolen car report with an officer. All stolen vehicle reports have to be signed by the victim or the person reporting the stolen car, according to the LBPD.

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