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Prevent catalytic converter theft

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Bloomington Briefing Published August 4, 2021
Updated on November 2, 2022

Catalytic converter theft has been on the rise throughout the Twin Cities this year. Thieves steal catalytic converters because they contain precious metals, including platinum, and are valuable to sell.

Wondering how you can protect your vehicles? Check out Bloomington Police’s 15-minute webinar on the topic at The webinar covers what a catalytic converter is, why it is a target for thieves, vehicles that are often targeted, damage caused by this theft, what to look for in the community and prevention tips. 

A few prevention tips covered in the webinar include parking in well-lit areas or garages, installing a dash cam with a motion-activated parking mode, or installing a “cat cage” around your catalytic converter. 

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Specialist Katie Zerull at or 952-563-8808 or Detective Bill King at