CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT PREVENTION
The National Insurance Crime Bureau said that the number of catalytic converter thefts reported in claims to insurance companies jumped from 3,389 in 2019 to 14,433 in 2020. Since March of 2021, forty-one catalytic converter thefts have occurred in Prescott Valley. Depending upon the choice of catalytic converter quality and type of vehicle you own, the average cost to replace a catalytic converter is in the range of $1,000-2,500, not including labor.
The Prescott Valley Police Department started a crime prevention program regarding catalytic converter thefts. The Crime Prevention Unit contacted local automotive businesses encouraging them to provide low-cost services to their customers that would help identify catalytic converters and trace them back to victims. The program is strictly voluntary for business owners who decide to participate.
In addition, vehicle owners can take preventive measures to protect themselves from being victimized. Park under lights at night or in a garage or secured fenced area. Install a bright, motion sensor light to dissuade potential thieves. Owners should always lock their vehicles and set alarms if they have one.
If you see suspicious activities around a vehicle, be a GOOD WITNESS. Take photos, get license plate numbers, call the police; however, DO NOT CONFRONT.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. Yavapai County Silent witness is 1-800-932-3232.
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!
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