Protect Car Catalytic Converters from Theft

Protect Car Catalytic Converters from Theft

Catalytic converters are being stolen at an increasingly high rate because of the valuable metals they contain. Thieves target converters because they’re easy to remove and hard to trace once stolen. It can cost $1,000-2,500 to replace one. But now, residents may do something about it. 
The Crime Prevention Unit from the Sully District Police Station has partnered with G&C Tire and Auto Service, at 14008 Willard Road in Chantilly, to apply free CATETCH/CATGUARD anti-theft labels to people’s catalytic converters.G&C will install these ultra-destruct labels, laser cut with a unique code and the URL of a secure, accredited database - the International Security Register (ISR) – on to the CAT. It will break into pieces if an attempt is made to remove them. In addition, a fluid that etches into metal is applied to the labels so that, even if they are removed, the code and URL will remain clearly readable. Read more on how it works at
Prius, Tacoma, Lexus SUVs, Accords and vans are some of the most targeted cars for catalytic-converter thefts. People wanting to protect their vehicles may visit G &C to have these labels applied, this Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The service will also be offered Sunday, May 15, at the same time and place. First come, first served; no appointment is necessary.