Sierra College Auto Club and Rocklin Police Department partner to host free Catalytic Converter Etching Event at Sierra College on March 8, 2014.
Catalytic converters are a hot commodity for thieves because of their availability, value, relative ease to steal, and lack of identifiable markings. The lack of identification makes it difficult for police to identify stolen property, locate victims and prosecute criminals. Catalytic converter thefts can result in a huge inconvenience to the victim and thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs. Although catalytic converters are most commonly stolen from Toyota trucks and SUVs, they are also taken from many makes and models of trucks, SUV’s and passenger vehicles alike.
Catalytic converter theft is a local, state and national problem. Crime prevention and awareness programs like “Etch and Catch” can make a difference. In 2013, there were 27 reported cases in Rocklin, down from 73 in 2012 and 53 in 2011.
The Rocklin Police Department is partnering with the Sierra College Auto Club and local businesses to address the identification issue by hosting a free catalytic converter etching event on Saturday, March 8, 2014, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Sierra College campus (auto shop), located at 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95677. This will be the sixth “Etch and Catch” event the Rocklin Police Department and Sierra College Auto Club have hosted since February 2012.
At this event, the vehicle’s license plate number will be etched onto the catalytic converter, the area around the etching will be painted for high visibility and easy recognition, and each vehicle will receive a small window decal stating “This Vehicle’s Catalytic Converter Has Been Etched by the Rocklin PD.” These steps can deter thieves and provide police with investigative information to identify stolen property and victims and prosecute criminals. The event is open and free to residents and vehicles of all cities.
How to Schedule an Appointment:
Please access our special etching website at www.etchrocklin.com to schedule an appointment. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (916) 660-7121 and leave a message. You will receive a call back and an appointment will be scheduled.
During the Etch and Catch event, a charity drawing will be held in support of FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN, a local non-profit organization. This organization provides foster and adoptive homes for children who find themselves, through no fault of their own, in foster care. They also provide short and long term placement and adoptive services for those foster parents who choose to become the "forever family" of the children in their care. All proceeds from the drawing and any direct donations will be donated to this organization. Prizes for this drawing have been generously donated by the event sponsors.
The event is sponsored by the Sierra College Auto Club, Rocklin Public Safety Volunteers, Inc, Superfast Signs, Starbucks, Minuteman Press, Chick fil-A, State Farm Insurance (Scott Yuill), JD’s Bakery, Beach Hut Deli, Farmers Insurance (David Larson), Five Star Auto Care, Rocklin Golf Club, Lowe’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Red Sun Automotive Repair, Roseville Toyota, John L. Sullivan Chevrolet, immer 1 Technology Group, Cool River Pizza, U-Haul, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Camping World, Rocklin Police Officer’s Association, Wave Broadband, Rocklin Chamber of Commerce, Les Schwab Tires, Strikes Unlimited, Half Time Bar and Grill, and California Transmission.
For more information: Michael Nottoli – Police Services Manager (916) 625-5416