Motorists can have license plate numbers etched onto catalytic converters on their vehicles for free Saturday in east Sacramento.
The Sacramento Police Department is partnering with A Auto to etch the license plate numbers onto catalytic converters at the "Etch and Catch" event. The effort takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at A Auto, 6101 Folsom Blvd.
The etched numbers may deter the taking of the air pollution control devices and can help law enforcement tie captured thieves to specific converter thefts.
Thieves caught with unetched catalytic converters often say they found the device or got it from an unnamed acquaintance, area police have said.
Thieves especially try to steal the emission control devices from high-off-the-ground trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Thieves slide underneath and unbolt or saw off the converters and then sell them at metal recyclers.
The event is not limited to Sacramento residents, but registration is required.
Register at www.sacpd.org. Access the "Metal Theft" link on the left side of the home page and click on "Etch & Catch Event." Click on the link at the bottom of the flier, then choose "Attend" next to the Etch & Catch Event. Complete the registration and download the free ticket to the event.
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