The Rocklin Police Department and Sierra College Auto Club will team up to offer free catalytic converter etching Nov. 3.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the auto shop on the Sierra College campus, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin.
Participants' vehicle license plate number will be etched on the converter and the etching painted for easy recognition. Each vehicle also will receive a small window decal indicating "This vehicle's catalytic converter has been etched by Rocklin PD" This can deter criminals and provide police with investigative tools to identify victims and arrest thieves, according to a Police Department news release.
Although catalytic converters are commonly stolen from Toyota trucks and SUVs, the crime is not exclusive to Toyota vehicles, police said. Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 of this year, 62 cases of stolen catalytic converters were reported in Rocklin, officials said, noting that the thefts resulted in a major inconvenience for the victims and thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs.
To schedule an appointment for the Nov. 3 etching event, call the Rocklin Police Department's catalytic converter hotline at (916) 625-5418. Callers are asked to provide their name, phone number, vehicle make, model, license plate number and the most convenient time between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to attend the event.
The event is free and open to anyone in the Placer or Sacramento regions. The goal, officials said, is to etch the catalytic converters of 400 vehicles.