We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Duluth police offer kits to prevent catalytic converter theft

Free identification labels are available at the Public Safety Building.

catalytic converter with identification label
An identification label allows a vehicle identification number to be etched into a catalytic converter, with the goal of deterring theft.
Contributed / Duluth Police Department
We are part of The Trust Project.

DULUTH — With catalytic converter thefts on the rise, the Duluth Police Department is offering car owners kits that may help deter would-be thieves.

The department has 110 identification label kits available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Public Safety Building, 2030 N. Arlington Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Recovery rate for stolen vehicles is in the high-80% to lower-90% range. But they're often in rough shape by the time they turn up.

Owners of the following models are encouraged to pick up a free 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 and Toyota Tundra.

The kits contain an identification label that can be applied and etched into the catalytic converter, allowing officers to identify stolen devices should they later be recovered. But police hope the mere presence of the label will deter thefts in the first place.

“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,” Morgan Cekalla, auto theft investigator, said in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

Staff will explain to residents how to register the kits upon pick-up. They can be self-installed or taken to one of four participating body shops for free service: Kenwood Muffler & Brake, 1508 Kenwood Ave.; 4th Street Auto, 1118 E. Fourth St.; Thompson’s T-Express, 210 S. 27th Ave. W.; or Allstar Service Center, 329 E. Central Entrance.

Our newsroom occasionally reports stories under a byline of "staff." Often, the "staff" byline is used when rewriting basic news briefs that originate from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure, and which require little or no reporting. At times, this byline is used when a news story includes numerous authors or when the story is formed by aggregating previously reported news from various sources. If outside sources are used, it is noted within the story.
What to read next
The rally is Thursday evening at Clyde Iron Works. Duluth is the first stop on their three-city tour of Minnesota.
Subscribe and listen to this Twin Ports area news and weather podcast on Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.
Bygones is researched and written by David Ouse, retired reference librarian from the Duluth Public Library. He can be contacted at djouse49@gmail.com.
The plane took out much of the second floor of the home at 5154 Arrowhead Road.