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Sierra College Auto Club and Rocklin Police Department partner to host FREE Catalytic Converter Etching Event

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Sierra College Auto Club and Rocklin Police Department partner to host free Catalytic Converter Etching Event at Sierra College on Saturday March 7, 2015. 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, SUVs 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. To date in 2015, there have been 8 reported thefts in Rocklin. There were 27 reported thefts in 2014 and 2013, which was down from 73 in 2012.

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 7, 2015, 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 eighth "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.

Charitable Drawing

During the Etch and Catch event, a drawing in support of VETERANS CADRE FOUNDATION will be held. This is a fantastic program that supports and facilitates the effective transition of Veteran college students from uniformed service-to-civilian life through camaraderie, outdoor adventures, service-learning, holistic and educational programming. The Foundations is a 100% volunteer-based organization that provides academic and psycho-social support services to military, veterans, and their families. All proceeds from the drawing and any direct donations will be given to this organization. Prizes for this drawing have been generously donated by the event sponsors.

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), Cool River Pizza, 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, Walmart, Carl's Jr, The Original Pancake House, Public Safety Rocklin Volunteers, Rocklin Police Officer's Association, Wave Broadband, Costco Warehouse, Rocklin Ranch apartment complex, Studio Movie Grill, Les Schwab Tires, Strikes Unlimited, Half Time Bar and Grill, and California Transmission.

For more information, please go to our web site at: www.etchrocklin.com.

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