ATHABASCA – By the end of the summer of 2021, there were already more catalytic converter thefts in the city of Edmonton than in 2020, and the trend is now being seen across the province, including most recently in the Athabasca region.
The Athabasca RCMP has been warning the public to be vigilant and exercise caution after responding to seven thefts of motor vehicle equipment from local businesses since late October, all within the city of Athabasca, Konst says. Jay Tessier.
Catalytic converters are attached to the vehicle’s exhaust system and use precious metals such as rhodium, palladium and platinum to filter toxic emissions. According to the Alberta Motor Association (AMA), the cost of replacing a catalytic converter can run up to $1,800 in parts and labor, plus any costs for additional damage to the vehicle. Thieves may be able to sell one on the black market for up to $200.
As the RCMP continues to investigate theft locally and throughout the province, they recommend a number of crime prevention strategies that can be used by residents to protect their vehicle, including in well-lit areas. Includes parking close to the entrance, or ideally inside the garage, with parking and video surveillance. closed and closed doors; Set your car alarm to go off when vibration is detected; And engrave your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your catalytic converter.
Skilled thieves can open or see the underside of your car in less than three minutes, or even sooner if the side of the vehicle doesn’t need to be jacked up. The RCMP advises residents to report to the police if you see someone under a vehicle or near homes or businesses at odd hours of day or night.
The catalytic converter can also be welded to make it more difficult for the vehicle to be stolen. Protective clamps and cages can also be purchased. The AMA advises vehicle owners to use a reputable repair shop or dealer not to support the black market trade of vehicle parts.
The Athabasca RCMP is seeking public assistance with any information regarding these incidents or identifying those responsible. Please contact the Athabasca RCMP at 780-675-5122 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or “P3 Tips” available through the Apple app or Google Play Store can use the app.