Catalytic converter thefts on the rise in Germantown | By Chief Mike Snow

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May 7, 2021 – Germantown, WI – Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise all over Wisconsin, including in Germantown.
Police in the community have seen an increase in these types of thefts in recent months.
Due to a limited supply, and the rising cost of precious metals, these items are in high demand and are worth good money.
This type of theft is occurring in residential areas and store/business parking lots, during the day and overnight. It only takes a thief minutes to cut a catalytic converter off or your vehicle.
What can you do to deter or prevent yourself from becoming a victim?
*Park your vehicle in a garage.
*Install motion sensing video cameras and lighting where you park your vehicle.
*Mark your catalytic converter with bright paint or have your VIN engraved on it
*Park close to building entrances where there is more traffic and/or in well lit parking lots
*If you are a business with Fleet vehicles left at a business overnight, park them inside if possible. Install video cameras or park in visible, well lit areas.

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