How to get your VIN etched for free in LA

People who want their vehicle identification numbers etched on their catalytic converters as a preventative measure against theft can have the service done for free in Silver Lake on Wednesday.

The event runs from kl. 10.00 to kl. 15.00 at Silver Lake Reservoir, 1863 Silver Lake Blvd., north of the dog park.

The event will be hosted by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Auto Detectives and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Task Force for Regional Auto Theft Prevention.

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Catalysts are units under vehicles that convert toxic gases and pollutants into less toxic pollutants. They have been increased targets for theft because the cost of platinum, palladium and rhodium – which are used for catalysts – has risen in recent years.

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In February, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón called on state lawmakers to approve a measure requiring car dealers to engrave vehicle identification numbers on catalytic converters. This measure, Senate Bill 986, was approved by the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on Monday, which Gascón celebrated as “the first step toward protecting our members of society from the theft of catalysts.”

According to Moore, 20% of thefts from vehicles in Los Angeles involve catalysts.

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The units have also been stolen from city-owned vehicles, including 39 over the Christmas weekend, costing taxpayers about $ 74,000. In March 2021, the city also lost dozens of catalysts following a burglary at an apartment building in Lincoln Heights, where catalysts were stolen from 68 vehicles.

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