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Beware of Catalytic Converter Thefts


Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise statewide. Mission Viejo Police Services is reminding the public to beware and consider taking simple precautions that could help safeguard their vehicles from this and other types of crime.   

Trucks and SUVs are often targeted for catalytic converter theft due to their higher profile, which allows easier access to the vehicle’s undercarriage. However, sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Prius have also been targeted. Thieves peruse parking lots, city streets and driveways for potential targets. This type of theft can cost vehicle owners thousands of dollars in repairs.

Here are some tips to help boost your vehicle’s security.

  • Park in a secured garage when possible or park in well-lit, observable areas. In parking lots, choose spaces close to building entrances or access roads.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting to illuminate driveways used for parking.
  • Consider adding security cameras to oversee driveway and on-street parking areas. 
  • Engrave the vehicle vin number onto catalytic converter.  This will make it easier to track if stolen.
  • Research catalytic converter anti-theft devices and weigh the pros of having one installed.

Note: Cameras and lighting should be checked regularly to ensure their continual functionality. 

Help us to deter this and other crimes. Be alert and aware while in parking lots, on roadways and in your neighborhood.  Report suspicious activity when it’s observed by calling the Sheriff’s non-emergency number at 949-770-6011. If you believe you’re observing a crime in progress, call 9-1-1. Your quick call will support the best possible response. 

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