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35th Ward Residents Can Get Their Catalytic Converters Painted At Deterrence Event This Week

This week’s event is the latest go at the Police Department’s spray-painting strategy, held to cut down on skyrocketing catalytic converter thefts.

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LOGAN SQUARE — Residents of the 35th Ward can get their catalytic converters spray-painted at an event next week, part of a larger police effort to curb thefts of the car parts, which have soared citywide.

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) teamed up with the 14th and 17th police districts and Jiffy Lube to host a spray-painting event 3-7 p.m. Thursday.

The event is for 35th Ward residents only. Residents should call Ramirez-Rosa’s office at 773-887-3772 to register. Those who register will be assigned a location and time, according to Ramirez-Rosa’s office.

Inspired by a similar effort in Evanston, local police districts are spray-painting and marking catalytic converters to deter thieves and make scrap dealers think twice about accepting the car parts.

The spray paint and markings are only visible from underneath the car and won’t impact the car’s value, police have said.

The Police Department’s spray-painting strategy was rolled out by the 14th District in August to cut down on skyrocketing catalytic converter thefts. A similar event was also held in the 39th Ward.

Such thefts have tripled this year, according to the Tribune, citing police data.

Catalytic converters are part of a car’s exhaust system and convert toxic gases into less dangerous gases. Cars with missing converters often pollute more and have excessively loud engine noise.

Thieves are zeroing in on catalytic converters because the car parts contain precious metals such as rhodium, palladium and platinum, officials have said.

The thefts are usually a financial blow to victims. Catalytic converters can cost up to $2,500 to replace.

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