The Stallion Springs Police Department has recently seen a rise in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles in Stallion Springs, according to an Aug. 6 news release.
Catalytic converters are attached to the vehicle’s exhaust system and are underneath the vehicle. The catalytic converter connects two pieces of piping in the exhaust and if it is missing, you will see signs of the piping being sawed off. Thieves are generally targeting vehicles with a high ground clearance such as pickup trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles, according to the news release.
These types of thefts have been popular with thieves throughout Kern County due to the relative ease of removal of the device. Catalytic converters contain precious metal components and do not have identifying marks like serial numbers.
To help prevent catalytic converter theft, park in a well-lit area when possible, or park in your garage or close to a building entrance. A local mechanic may be able to install a catalytic converter protection device on your vehicle to help deter thieves from removing it, according to the news release.
Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Stallion Springs Police Department at 861-3110 or online via the Stallion Springs Police Department’s website at stallionspringscsd.com/police-department and clicking on “File a Police Report” link.