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New partnership to thwart increasing catalytic converter thefts across the U.S.

Midas in Richmond, Va., and Shaheen Chevrolet in Lansing, Mich., are among first to partner with NCIB for VIN etching events in their communities

Des Plaines, Ill.—To help reduce current catalytic converter theft trends and protect consumers, the National Insurance Crime Bureau) NICB is partnering with businesses across the U.S. to hold VIN etching events.

“From supply chain disruptions to the exploding market value of precious metals, catalytic converters have become a prime target for thieves across the country,” said David J. Glawe, president and CEO of the NICB. “By attending a local VIN etching event, drivers can add another layer of protection for their vehicles and proactively help deter these crimes from occurring in the first place.” 

NICB, along with partners at Midas in Richmond, Va., and Shaheen Chevrolet in Lansing, Mich., recently held VIN etching events in their respective communities.

“I had zero anticipation of a response like this,” said Mark Smith, owner of Midas of Richmond. “The events are blowing up at our stores, and I mean that in the best of ways. We’re getting multiple, multiple calls a day.”

Hours after Smith and local law enforcement held a press conference to announce the new initiative,  which involves spray-painting catalytic converters to deter would-be thieves, the appointment-only time slots scheduled by Midas were booked.

“The more we can make our customers aware of the problem and offer them a solution, the better we can fight this crime,” said Ralph Shaheen, president of Shaheen Automotive Group. “Etching the converter is a start to prevention. It’s inexpensive, only takes a few minutes, and is a great service to our customers.”

Catalytic converter thefts increased 1,215% between 2019 and 2022.

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