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In an effort to deter would-be thieves and to track stolen catalytic converters, the Moorpark Police Department has teamed up with several local auto repair, body shops, and oil change locations. The below listed businesses have agreed to etch your license plate number and paint a Sheriff’s star on your catalytic converter, free of charge. Our goal is to deter a potential thief who might be planning to steal your catalytic converter. As soon as they see the painted Sheriff’s star and engraved license plate number, they will hopefully leave your car alone. If they are bold enough to still steal your catalytic converter, law enforcement or a scrap yard will be able to recognize the catalytic converter as stolen based on the markings. Refer to the attached photograph of a marked catalytic converter from one of our police vehicles. You can make an “Etch and Catch” appointment at any of the below locations:
We would like to thank all of our “Etch and Catch” partners. Without their help, this program would not be possible. As a community, we need to work together to prevent crime, and these companies have gone above and beyond in their efforts. The next time you are at a local auto repair, body shop, or oil change location, check for the “Moorpark Police Department Catalytic Converter Anti-Theft Program - Member” sticker to see if they are a participant of this program. See attached photograph of the sticker.
Between 1/1/2020 and 2/18/2021, the top 10 vehicles targeted for catalytic converter thefts in Ventura County Sheriff’s jurisdictions have been:
Many people have asked what they can do to help protect their vehicles. Here are some tips to help prevent catalytic converter theft:
We are asking for our community’s help to prevent catalytic converter theft and put more of these thieves behind bars where they belong. If you hear strange noises during the night, such as power tools or sawing, if you see a vehicle driving suspiciously slow through your neighborhood or stopped at the side of the road, if you see or hear ANYTHING out of the ordinary, please immediately call dispatch at 911 or (805) 654-9511. Often times, cases are solved when an observant resident calls dispatch when something doesn’t seem quite right.
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).