San Francisco Supervisor Joel Engardio, the San Francisco Police Department and partnerships with local businesses are offering catalytic converter etching to deter theft for San Francisco residents.
Residents can have their catalytic converter etched for free by going to a participating auto shop. This new program is being launched at this event below. Scheduling an appointment is required to participate in the program which residents have already filled the appointments for this day below.
When: Friday, June 2, 2023
Where: Sunset Auto Care, 3865 Irving St at 40th Ave
Time: 10:30am to 2:00pm
Why is etching important?
Catalytic converters are a hot commodity for thieves because of their value, relative ease to steal (unbolt or cut out), and lack of identifying markings. The lack of identification makes it hard to identify victims and successfully apprehend and prosecute criminals.
Thieves take stolen catalytic converters to metal recyclers in exchange for cash. While any vehicle manufactured after 1974 can be considered a target for catalytic converter thieves, the most targeted vehicles are typically trucks, SUV’s, and lighter vehicles.
Ways to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft
• Park your vehicle inside your garage or in secure side yard.
• If you have to park outside, leave on exterior lights or install motion detector lights.
• Get your catalytic converter etched with your license plate number. San Francisco Etch Program partners will provide free etching of your license plate number on your catalytic converter or/and spraying SFPD Logo.
• Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1 Call
415-553-0123 to report suspicious activity.
Officer Robert Rueca #2267
Public Information Officer
San Francisco Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Media Relations Unit
1245 3rd Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
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