Irvine Police Tag Catalytic Converters To Prevent Theft

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Police in Irvine are offering to engrave catalytic converters with license plate numbers to prevent thieves from stealing them from the undercarriage of cars.

Police have seen a spike in the number of catalytic converter thefts in recent months.

The converters contain small amounts of three precious metals - platinum, palladium and rhodium - whose prices have gone up in
recent years.

The converters, which cost about $1,000 to replace, can get up to $200 on the scrap-metal recycling market.

The free engravings will take place May 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Irvine Police Department. Engravings are by appointment only.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-02-08 1416EDT

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