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Vehicle Safety Tips

Post Date:10/23/2017 3:37 PM

The Rancho Cordova Police Department has recently received a few reports of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles. We are providing the following information and tips as a reminder of things you can do to help protect yourself.

What is a catalytic converter?

A catalytic converter is part of your vehicle’s exhaust system and helps reduce vehicle pollution. All vehicles since 1975 are equipped with one, and it is located under your vehicle. Catalytic converters contain materials that can easily be recycled for a profit.

Safety Tips

  • Park your vehicle in the garage, if possible, or in areas that are well-lit or near security cameras. 
  • If your catalytic converter is a “bolt on” model, you can have the bolts welded shut and have extra metal welded to the exhaust system. 
  • Install a catalytic converter protection device that will clamp around the converter.
  • Etch your catalytic converter with your vehicle’s license plate number in several different locations to help track it if it is stolen. 

To report a crime in progress or suspicious activity, please call 9-1-1. If your catalytic converter has been stolen, please file a police report online at

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