Duluth Police Department announces catalytic converter initiative



DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Police Department announced on Monday a new initiative to limit the number of thefts of catalytic converters in the area.

Between September 1 and October 13 of this year, authorities said they collected around 12 reports of catalytic converter thefts in Duluth.

Thieves cut catalytic converters and sell them because they contain valuable precious metals.

To prevent thieves from continuing to steal catalytic converters, DPD, in partnership with a few auto repair shops in Duluth, is using an identification kit to identify or mark the catalytic converters.

“The goal is that once a thief notices that your catalytic converter is tagged, they won’t steal it,” said Ben Nordskog, auto theft investigator. “If the thief steals it, this ID mark allows us to link the ID number to the car’s VIN number, allowing us to track the converter.”

Residents who wish to participate in the initiative can bring their car to 4th Street Auto, Thompson’s Express or Allstar Service Center and ask the store to mark their converter.

The service is free for those who want to participate and it will not damage your vehicle.

The Duluth Police Department’s Catalytic Converter Initiative is a grant-funded program. The initiative hopes to be an ongoing program to help prevent theft of catalytic converters in the town of Duluth.

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