Edina residents can now request a CATGUARD label to mark their vehicle’s catalytic converter. Labels will only be available to residents who own a vehicle that is in the top 15 vehicles targeted for catalytic converter thefts. That list includes Chevrolet Express, Ford Econoline, Ford F250, Honda Accord, Honda CRV, Honda Element, Honda Odyssey, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Mitsubishi Lancer, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota Prius and Toyota Tundra.
Residents can apply for a label below. The information collected on the form will help the Edina Police Department register the label with the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau, who administers this program. Once registered, the label will be available for pickup and a staff member will reach out. Then it can be installed by the owner of a vehicle, or it can be taken to an auto shop to be installed during its next service. The Edina Police Department will not install the labels.
Once a label is installed on a cool catalytic converter, a number that is registered with the vehicle’s VIN number will be etched permanently into the catalytic converter when the vehicle is started. While the labels themselves are not a deterrent to these thefts, they are a great way to identify who the catalytic converter belongs to if it is recovered by law enforcement.
Here are a few ways to prevent a catalytic converter theft:
- Be aware if your vehicle is one of the top 15 most targeted
- Park in a garage or well-lit area outside
- Install an anti-theft device
- Install motion-sensitive lights and cameras in your parking area
For more information on this program, visit the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau’s website.