City manager’s report for the week ending Feb. 25 highlights thefts of catalytic converters

Normandy Park City Manager’s report for the week ending February 25, 2022:

Catalytic converter theft: what you need to know
As most of you have seen, heard or perhaps even experienced, catalytic converter theft has become common in our area and nationwide. You may be wondering what is the appeal or the point of catalytic converters? The three main reasons are:

    • Catalytic converters are valuable as scrap. They contain precious metals used to filter your emissions and reduce vehicle pollution. Catalytic converters can be sold to scrap yards for $150 to $200 per piece. Your cost to replace it can range from $2,000 to $2,500. It’s not cheap!
    • EASY TO FLY. With a saw, catalytic converters can be removed in just a few minutes. The thief simply crawls under a vehicle and releases the converter. They don’t even need to lift the car in most cases!
    • DIFFICULT TO TRACE. It is almost impossible to identify them as stolen goods. There are no identifying numbers or marks.

Although converter theft is easy and common, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to prevent! There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming a victim. Here are some simple ways to deter thieves:

    • If parking in your locked garage is not an option, park your vehicle in a well-lit area near your home. Bright, motion-censored lights are a great addition to anyone’s driveway! When away from home, park near building entrances or near the driveway. Increased foot traffic will deter thieves.
    • Monitoring around your garage and/or driveway is also helpful.
    • KEEP IT MOVING. Parking in one area for an extended period, such as a suburban parking lot or leaving your car parked on the street, can give thieves more time to steal your catalytic converter. So, move your vehicle when possible.
    • If you have an alarm system on your car, calibrate it so vibrations trigger it. This way the alarm will sound if a thief tries to saw off the converter.
    • ANTI-THEFT DEVICES. There are many to choose from. Some can even be installed yourself. Shields, Cages, Clamps, Alarms. A computer search will show you several options – whether you want to install one yourself or bring it to a store.

An additional way to deter theft is to etch your VIN number or license plate on your catalytic converter. This makes it identifiable in case of theft and can persuade a thief to choose another victim. Painting your catalytic converter a bright color can also be a deterrent. These things can also alert a scrap dealer that it has been stolen, and they may refuse to buy it.

Most importantly – Know your neighbors. With all of crime prevention, the more eyes and ears open, the less chance there is of a crime occurring. Knowing what is normal in your neighborhood will help you recognize behaviors that seem inappropriate. Always remember if you’re not feeling well – you probably aren’t. CALL 911 TO REPORT SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR!

Last Call to Join the City’s 2022 Focus Group
You are invited to join the City of Normandy Park 2022 discussion group! As a member, you will help the city understand the needs of the community. We are looking for dedicated individuals to participate in periodic surveys throughout 2022. The application deadline is March 2n/a. Use this link to apply.

2020 census
The American Community Survey (ACS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provide school enrollment data at the national, state, school district, and city levels. Click on this link for a side-by-side comparison of population estimates of children ages 0-19 who are enrolled in school and reside in Normandy Park and the Highline School District.

If you have any questions on these or other topics, please contact me at [email protected]

“Have a good week!”

Amy Arrington, City Manager
Normandy City Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (direct phone)

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