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Cal Expo police step up parking lot surveillance following catalytic converter thefts

The Cal Expo Police Department has stepped up its surveillance of the venue’s parking lots following reports of several catalytic converter thefts during this year’s California State Fair.

Lara Popyack, spokeswoman for the fair, said she did not know the total number of catalytic converter thefts, but said she knew of six that were reported Tuesday night and one that was reported earlier.

Most of the vehicles targeted are high-profile trucks, because their catalytic converters are more easily accessible to thieves.

Popyack said Cal Expo officials advise fairgoers to be vigilant and to park near lights or the fair gates when possible. She also encouraged people to use fairground parking lots. Some people park off site to avoid Cal Expo’s parking fees, but she said on-site lots are being heavily monitored for security.

Although Cal Expo has stepped up its parking lot patrols in response to the thefts, Popyack said fairgoers can help by immediately reporting any suspicious activity they observe.