AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Saturday, Dec. 3 the Panhandle Auto Housebreaking and Theft Unit is holding an occasion to minimize the probability of stolen trailers, automobiles, and catalytic converters.
PABTU shall be stamping automobile identification numbers on trailers and etching VINs onto automobile home windows and for catalytic converters, they are going to be etching the VIN quantity and portray them.
“What we’re hoping to do is etch sufficient of those in Amarillo to the place the catalytic converter could be traced again to a sufferer. And that means we will prosecute the man who’s possessing your catalytic converter,” mentioned Sgt. Michael Clatworthy, Panhandle Auto Housebreaking and Theft Unit.
The etching, portray, and stamping are accomplished to stop automobile and element theft.
“In case you have your catalytic converter edged, a criminal will get underneath and sees that it’s painted, he’ll transfer on to a different automobile as a result of he thinks effectively that is gonna be an excessive amount of of a trouble to promote. So he’ll simply transfer on down the road,’ mentioned Sgt. Clatworthy.
Clatworthy says catalytic converter thefts are excessive nationwide. Though they can’t promise etching and portray will make it anti-theft, it may make it tougher to steal.
“I believe as soon as the phrase will get out that individuals are attempting to guard themselves from these individuals. That they’ll simply go on to at least one that’s not painted one which’s not etched, as a result of it’s simpler to do away with it,” mentioned Clatworthy. “It might or could not maintain it from being stolen, but it surely’s higher than doing nothing to guard your self.”
Sgt. Clatworthy provided some tips about lessening theft concerning automobiles.
“In your trailer, ensure that it’s locked. Oh, that’s your first line of protection.”
He prompt In case you’re not going to make use of your trailer for an prolonged time frame take the wheels off one aspect, making it more durable to steal.
In case you have the title and personal the trailer Clatworthy says, “stamp it,” together with your partial VIN, “stamp it in a few locations after which you realize the place it’s at.”
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