March 21, 2024

VBPD Hosting Free Catalytic Converter Engraving Event on April 6

To help combat the theft of catalytic converters, the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) is hosting a free Catalytic Converter Engraving event on April 6, 2024.

The event will be held at the Third Precinct (926 Independence Blvd.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those wishing to attend can reserve their appointment using this link

“We’re excited to host this event and allow our community to join us in making Virginia Beach safer for everyone,” said VBPD Police Chief Paul Neudigate. “The engraving of catalytic converters is just one step in preventing theft from vehicles in our community.” 

Thanks to a partnership with the Virginia State Police and the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program, attendees will be able to have their vehicle identification number (VIN) engraved on their catalytic converter and have their VIN engraved into their windows.  Both engravings take approximately 15 minutes. 

Catalytic converters are targeted due to their composition of precious metals. Engraving the VIN on a catalytic converter can help prevent it being sold to an auto parts recycler.  

Other ways to prevent the theft of catalytic converts include parking vehicles in a garage or secure area, or in well-lit areas where security cameras are in use. Community members can also purchase aftermarket devices that make it harder to remove exhaust system components from their vehicle. 

“This event empowers our community to directly impact their safety in a positive way,” Neudigate said. “We’re committed to working hand-in-hand with our residents to make Virginia Beach an even safer place to live, work and enjoy.” 

The Virginia Beach Police Department is committed to providing a safe community and improving the quality of life for all people. This is accomplished by delivering quality police services and enforcing laws with equity and impartiality.    

In partnership with our community members, organizations, and partners, VBPD reduces crime through public education, prevention, and awareness. In meeting this objective, the Department demands of its officers the highest professional standards and dedication to its core values. 

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