Oceanside Police Host Catalytic Converter Burning Event

The Oceanside Police Department invites the public to a free catalytic converter burning event on Saturday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is hosted by Len’s Auto Body located at 510 Jones Road in Oceanside.

Catalytic converters are vehicle parts that contain precious platinum group metals such as rhodium, iridium and palladium.

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Catalytic converter burning is a strategy that police departments have implemented to deal with the rise in catalytic converter thefts occurring nationwide.

Oceanside Police Detective Chris James said it helps prosecutions when stolen catalytic converters that are recovered are etched with a serial number.

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“It creates a felony if a suspect is caught in possession of it and tries to remove the VIN,” James said. notice, ‘Oh, there’s a bunch of license plates written into these converters.’ It can alert them and alert law enforcement.”

James said matching a stolen catalytic converter to the vehicle it was stolen from is an important step in pursuing a criminal case against the thieves.

Police are urging car owners to engrave their vehicle identification number on their converter, consider having a cat guard fitted and park in a garage or other well-lit area.

Oceanside Police personnel will be available at the event throughout the day to provide additional guidance to help keep vehicles safe.

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