https://mv-voice.com/square/print/2022/05/09/with-thefts-up-almost-300-nationally-three-county-auto-businesses-partner-with-los-altos-police-to-help-thwart-catalytic-converter-thieves


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With thefts up almost 300% nationally, three county auto businesses partner with Los Altos police to help thwart catalytic converter thieves

Original post made on May 9, 2022

Three automotive businesses in Santa Clara County have partnered with the Los Altos Police Department in an effort to reduce the number of catalytic converters that are stolen, police announced Sunday.

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Posted by Yonatan
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm

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I'd love it cops stopped their childish work slowdowns that they have been on since people said "hey maybe don't murder black people" and try to actually solve some crimes. Would be nice.


Posted by Neilson Buchanan
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2022 at 3:16 pm

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Thanks go to local police and auto folks for the etching concept. I hope it makes a difference.
Equally important is the person who compiled meaningful information about the incidence of theft.

I have a difficult time thanking insurance industry which has the best collective data not reaching the public eye. This type of information could assist law enforcement leaders obtain and deploy most effective resources,

Highly distributed theft is challenging to law enforcement but it is severely handicapped without public understanding of facts and trends.


Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of North Whisman
on May 9, 2022 at 9:55 pm

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Had my cat converter stolen three times and am here to tell you that sorry, etching is pretty much useless. The first thing they do is break the converter down into parts. It's the rare metals like palladium that they want, not the converter itself. Nobody will see the etching because it goes out in the trash. What they should really do is force people to pay more attention to where they buy these rare metals. But is anyone doing anything about that? Oh no, mustn't disrupt the wheels of capitalism. This etching thing is just a vain attempt to make people feel better. The reality is that they have no solution for you and nobody on government is even working on one. They're all too busy calculating how to collect their double or triple pensions.