LANCASTER, PA — The Lancaster County Auto Crimes Task Force, in partnership with The Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority, will be hosting a catalytic converter etching detail on Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
This event will be located at the Lancaster City Streets and Public Works Garage located at 225 Riverside Avenue in Lancaster Township. The event is free of charge and open to the public. A team of men and women from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police and City of Lancaster Public Works will work together to have Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) etched onto the catalytic converters of participating vehicles.
Catalytic Converters are known to contain some precious and valuable materials and are a frequent target of theft among the criminal element. Police state they observed a recent uptick in thefts of Catalytic Converters in both the City and County of Lancaster. Having your VIN etched onto this valuable auto part is a deterrent against theft and makes it nearly impossible for thieves to re-sell those stolen parts.
The process of etching the VIN should only take 10-15 minutes once your car is into the garage and up on a lift. This is a first-come, first-served event, and no appointment necessary. Some vehicle types are more commonly victimized for this type of theft, says the Lancaster Bureau of Police. These include Honda Pilot, Honda Element, and Toyota Prius. Come on out, meet some of the amazing staff and detectives who work hard to keep Lancaster safe.
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