To stem the theft of catalytic converters, a crime that occurred 73 times last year in Rocklin, police and Sierra College are partnering to etch the expensive smog control devices with license plate numbers.
Rocklin Police and the Sierra College Auto Club are holding a free catalytic converter etching event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sierra College campus auto shop, 5000 Rocklin Road.
At the event, which is not limited to Rocklin residents, the plate number will be etched into the converter, the area around the etching will be painted to allow for easy recognition and each vehicle will get a small window decal noting that Rocklin PD has etched the device.
Most commonly the devices are stolen from Toyota trucks and sport utility vehicles that sit high off the ground, allowing thieves to scoot underneath and cut off the converters, according to police. However, other vehicles are also targeted.
The converters, which are made with expensive metals, are usually sold by thieves for their recycling value. Having an identifying number on the converter allows police to track any recovered devices back to their rightful owners.
To schedule and appointment go to www.etchrocklin.com or call (916) 660-7121.