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New York Introduces Catalytic Converter Tagging Program to Curb Thefts

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Representatives from the New York Anti Car Theft and Fraud Association (NYACT), the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) joined together with members of the law enforcement community and car dealership owners May 5 to announce a new initiative to combat the surge in catalytic converter thefts taking place statewide.

A new process allows auto dealers to etch a traceable serial number onto the catalytic converter. The serial number then can be quickly linked back to the vehicle it was stolen from.

 

Those who have questions about the etching kits should contact their local auto dealer association or by contacting NYACT at office@nyact.org or the NYS DMV.

 

"The sharp increase in the number of catalytic converters being stolen across the country has police and legislators searching for a way to curb the thefts," said Nichole Soriano, NYACT chairperson and regional director of Travelers Insurance Company. "The New York Anti Car Theft and Fraud Association is proud to partner with the NICB, DMV and NYPD, as well as local and county police departments all over the state, to spearhead this catalytic converter tagging program."

NYACT Board of Directors member and NYPD Det. Thomas Burke provided a video interview while under a car to show how easy it is to apply a serial number easily to two catalytic converters.

 

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