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Caledon OPP Investigating Catalytic Converter Thefts

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Submitted to Just Sayin' Caledon

The Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating reported thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in Bolton.

Police responded to two separate incidents that occurred sometime between Sunday, May 30 and Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Information was received that several catalytic converters were cut from vehicles in the area of McEwan Drive, as well as George Bolton Parkway. The owners realized that their vehicles had been tampered with after starting the cars and hearing loud, non-muffled exhaust.

In both instances, the targeted vehicles were cube vans. Across the Province, the most targeted vehicles have been motorhomes and pickup trucks, located in parking lots, service garages, storage properties and driveways.

This is a growing crime trend across the Province, contributed to the rising prices of the valuable metals contained within converters.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information that could assist with this investigation, please call the Caledon OPP Detachment at (905) 584-2241 or 1-888-310-1122.

You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca. When you contact Crime Stoppers you stay anonymous, you never have to testify, and you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon an arrest.

Caledon OPP would like to remind vehicle owners to park their cars inside a garage if possible, also:

•Corporate fleets should be parked in locked, well-lit areas. Vehicle alarms and security cameras can also act as a deterrent to thieves.

•Vehicles can be parked in a way that makes it harder to access their underside, for example, against a wall or by other lower vehicles.

•Make use of products designed to deter and prevent catalytic converter theft. For example, a wire cage can be installed around the converter, and welded and bolted to the underside of the car.

•A mechanic can engrave a license plate number or vehicle identification number into the device as a deterrent. That can make it harder for thieves to sell to some scrap yards.

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