Motorists can have license plate numbers etched onto the catalytic converters on their vehicles for free in east Sacramento on Saturday.
The Sacramento Police Department is partnering with A Auto to etch the license plate numbers onto catalytic converters at the "Etch and Catch" event. The effort takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at A Auto, 6101 Folsom Boulevard.
The etched numbers may deter the taking of the air pollution control devices and can help law enforcement tie captured thieves to specific converter thefts.
Thieves caught with unetched catalytic converters often say they found the device or got it from an unnamed acquaintance, area police have said.
Thieves especially try to steal the emission control devices from high-off-the-ground trucks and SUVs. Thieves slide underneath and unbolt or saw off the converters and then sell them at metal recyclers.
The Saturday event is sponsored by A-Auto, Home Depot, R/C Country, Cal Signs, Specialized Exhaust, Starbucks Coffee and Famous Burgers. The event is not limited to Sacramento residents, but registration is required.
Register at www.sacpd.org. Access the "Metal Theft" link on the left side of the home page and click on "Etch & Catch Event." Click on the link at the bottom of the flyer and then choose "Attend" next to the Etch & Catch Event. Complete the registration and download the free ticket to the event.