Westminster offers catalytic converter markings to reduce theft


In an effort to curb the runaway problem of catalytic converter theft, the Westminster Police Department is staging a special event to deter would-be thieves. On Saturday, the Westminster Police Department will offer to etch the devices for residents, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at the City Yard, 14381 Olive St. Between 2018 and 2021, Westminster has seen a 16-fold increase in the theft of catalytic converters, from 18 to more than 300. Nationally, in 2020, thefts increased more than four-fold in just a year from 280 per month to 1,200, according to the National Insurance…

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