DPD expands catalytic converter theft-prevention initiative

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Minnesota has one of the highest theft rates of catalytic converters in the nation, and the Duluth Police Department says they are continuing efforts to deter thieves from stealing them.

"DPD is now offering people in our community an identification label kit to not only aid in the tracking of stolen catalytic converters, but also help deter thieves from stealing them in the first place," said Auto Theft Investigator Morgan Cekalla. "This kit has an identification label that is traceable to the VIN of your vehicle, which helps officers trace the converter if stolen."

There are 110 free kits available at the Public Safety Building, at 2030 N Arlington Avenue during business hours; Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

The kit is free, but must be registered at the time of retrieval. The kits are also on a first-come first-serve basis. Community Service Officer-Interns will explain to how to register the kits. The public will need their VIN and license plate number to register. You can install these labels yourself, or take your vehicle to four partnering auto body shops in Duluth. It’s a free service that won’t damage your vehicle.

Participating auto body shops include:

  • Kenwood Muffler and Brake, 1508 Kenwood Avenue
  • 4th Street Auto, 1118 E 4th St
  • Thompson’s T-Express, 210 S 27th Ave W
  • Allstar Service Center, 329 E Central Entrance

If you have the following type of vehicle, you’re encouraged to get an identification label kit:

  • Chevrolet Express
  • Ford Econoline
  • Ford F250
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda CRV
  • Honda Element
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Kia Sportage
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Tundra.

Those who’ve already been a victim of catalytic converter theft, regardless of vehicle type, are strongly encouraged to receive a kit.

"Catalytic converters continue to be stolen because they contain precious metals worth up to $1,600 and this is a simple thing we can do to deter criminals and reduce theft," said Investigator Cekalla.

For more information on the Catalytic Converter Initiative, visit the Duluth Police Department’s page on the City of Duluth’s website.