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Costa Mesa Police Department
Monday November 15th, 2021 :: 10:21 a.m. PST


Multi-agency hosted etch event was held on Saturday to combat rise in catalytic converter thefts

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2021) – In response to a rise in catalytic converter thefts, the Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD), the Huntington Beach Police Department, and the Newport Beach Police Department teamed up and hosted a free catalytic converter etch event at ExperTec Automotive in Huntington Beach. 
On Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., ExperTec Automotive, a local Orange County auto service center with a location in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach, donated their time and staff to etch vehicle license plate numbers on catalytic converters. Drivers lined up early for the free event and the line kept growing throughout the day. The hosting police departments assisted with traffic control and consent waivers.
In total, auto technicians etched 130 vehicles, including one motor home.
“Like numerous communities across California, the Costa Mesa Police Department has seen a rise in catalytic converter thefts,” said CMPD Chief Ron Lawrence. “Etching catalytic converters with vehicle identifying information will not only help deter these thefts, it will also assist law enforcement to identify the victim and return the stolen property. We thank our law enforcement partners that worked with us to put this event together, and we hope to host another one in the future to continue our efforts in reducing catalytic converter thefts.”
In addition to having the catalytic converter etched, here are some helpful crime prevention tips to keep in mind:
1. Whenever possible, park in a garage or other secured area. If not possible, try to park in a well-lit area covered by surveillance cameras or that is clearly visible by others.
2. Consider installing motion-activated lighting and cameras near the driveway.
3. Research aftermarket catalytic converter anti-theft devices that are available for your vehicle make and model.

Media Contact:
Roxi Fyad, Public Affairs Manager
Costa Mesa Police Department
[email protected] 

Costa Mesa Police Department
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Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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