This free service is meant to keep catalytic converters safe by deterring thieves

Puyallup is hosting a free event that can help stop someone from stealing your catalytic converter.

The Puyallup New Car Dealers Association worked with the Puyallup Police Department to organize a catalytic converter combustion program at selected locations on Saturday 22 October. online registrants of puyallupcars.com,

Puyallup police captain Don Bourbon said all 240 time slots for the incident were filled on Thursday 13 October. A similar event could happen in the future, but a date has not yet been set.

The seven participating sites are: Bill Corum’s Puyallup Nissan, Puyallup’s Kia, Puyallup’s Toyota, Puyallup’s Volkswagen, Puyallup’s Subaru Puyallup, Puyallup’s Chevrolet Buick GMC and Mazda Puyallup. Resellers donate time and materials.

The crew will engrave the last eight digits of the vehicle identification number on the converter and highlight it with high-temperature paint, according to a press release from the Puyallup Police Department.

“Identification potentially has a deterrent effect on thieves. In the event of theft, the marked converter makes it easier for the police to track down the correct owner, “the statement read.

Non-participants are advised to mount a catalytic converter cage or guard on their vehicle. It can also be useful to park in a secure garage or in a well-lit area.

Catalytic converters contain palladium, rhodium and platinum, making them a valuable asset to sell and buy. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more than 50,000 catalytic converters were stolen in 2021.

“Pierce County has been a hotbed of converter theft and we are excited to play a leadership role in protecting consumers and eliminating converter waste from the underground market,” said Luke Corum, president of Puyallup New Car Dealers. Association, in the press release.

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