Since 2020, thefts of catalytic converters have risen significantly across the metro including in Bloomington. The MN Commerce Department, through a state-funded grant program, is rolling out a pilot program to mark catalytic converters to prevent thefts. Bloomington Police is excited about this prevention program and it's partnership with Bobby and Steve's Auto World locations in Bloomington.
The Catalytic Converter Pilot program provides a CatGuard label that is permanently applied to a vehicle's catalytic with a unique code. This code is then registered in an accredited database connecting your unique code to your vehicle. The sticker is meant to break into pieces if attempted to be removed. Additionally, the label etches the metal with the unique code so that even if a sticker was removed, the code would remain. Once a catalytic is marked with a CatGauard label, the hope is that a thief notices the marking, realizing the catalytic converter is identifiable and chooses not to steal it. It also assists investigators with evidence of theft should a suspect be arrested with possession of a catalytic converter.
Bobby and Steve's Auto World locations in Bloomington are partnering with the city and the MN Commerce Department on this program and will apply labels to vehicles. There is no charge for the label installation, but an appointment is required.