The Danbury Police Department has issued a public service announcement about how residents can help protect themselves from a crime of opportunity.
Insurance companies and police across the country have reported a substantial spike in catalytic converter theft over the past few years. This type of theft can be completed in less than a minute, and thieves go undetected or flee the scene before officers receive the complaint. The higher the target vehicle is off the ground, the faster the process can be completed. Vehicles that are being targeted include hybrids, SUVs, and trucks.
Danbury's top targeted vehicles include:
Ford F250 and 350
Residents can have their license plate number or VIN etched onto the catalytic converter to help alert a scrap dealer that it was stolen. Painting a catalytic converter can help deter buyers. Drivers should park in well-lit areas, close to public entrances, and use a closed garage.