A free Etch and Catch class is being offered by the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office to help vehicle owners stop catalytic convertor thefts.
The county has seen an uptick in catalytic convertor thefts. Replacing a catalytic convertor can be upwards of $2,000.
Core buyers are the people who buy Catalytic convertors for cash on Facebook marketplace and other platforms. The core buyers then take trailer loads of stolen catalytic convertors out of state to be milled for their metals. The going rate for those metals is $2336 (Palladium), $1176 (Platinum), and $2175 (Rhodium) an ounce.
Replacing a Catalytic Convertor can be very expensive- up to $2,000. Consider the following to prevent yourself from having this unexpected expense.
1. Park your vehicle inside a locked garage. If that is not possible, park in a well-lit area and close to building entrances.
2. Calibrate your vehicle alarm to go off when it detects vibration.
3. Attend a “Etch and Catch” event to get your license plate number engraved onto your catalytic convertor. If you are not able to attend a Etch and Catch event, ask your car care specialist if this is a service they offer. Having your license plate number etched onto the catalytic convertor removes the factor of Law Enforcement being unable to identify victims when catalytic convertors are recovered which makes your catalytic convertor less appealing to thieves.
4. If you see anything suspicious, call 911 right away so we can investigate. It only takes about 90 seconds for a catalytic convertor to be stolen so the faster you call, the more likely we are to catch the thieves.
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