Dauphin, Manitoba – In the past three weeks, Dauphin RCMP have received ten complaints of theft involving catalytic converters being removed from vehicles.
Catalytic converters are part of the exhaust system and are found underneath the vehicle between the engine and muffler. Thieves are stealing catalytic converters due to their rare metals content (platinum, rhodium and palladium) found inside. Once stolen, these items are taken to junk yards or scrap dealers and exchanged for cash.
Here are some preventative measures to avoid having your catalytic converter stolen:
Park in well-lit areas and close to buildings and entrances when you are not able to park in a secured garage or building.
Park in an area that has video surveillance.
Set your car alarm to go off if it detects vibration.
Engrave your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the catalytic converter.
Report it to the police should you see anyone underneath a vehicle, either in a residential or business area, during off hours of the day or night.
RCMP are asking anyone who may have information regarding these thefts to contact the Dauphin Detachment at (204) 622-5020, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.
Dauphin RCMP continue to investigate.
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