Police offer advice after catalytic converter theft in Davis County

Posted at 8:21 PM, Mar 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-13 09:02:29-04

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah – Police are offering theft prevention tips after a Davis County man’s catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle.

Police officials said a driver noticed his truck sounded odd after he picked it up from a park and ride in South Weber, and when he took it in to be checked he found the catalytic converter had been cut away and stolen.

Officials said thieves target the converters for the precious metals used in them. Sheriff Todd Richardson of the Davis County Sheriff’s Office said it can be an expensive theft, and he said such thefts are more common during periods when the weather is warm.

“As we’re seeing right now, just one theft right there can cost a person over $2,000, so when the weather gets right to where they can slide under there really quick and cut it out, they will,” he said.

Police officials advised people to park in well-lit areas near building entrances or near roadways with a lot of traffic. They also suggested motorists engrave their license plate number into the catalytic converter in order to make it traceable in the case of a theft. They also suggested vehicle security systems.