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Catalytic Converter Thefts: A Call to Vigilance in Harrison NJ

Aug 26, 2023
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The Town of Harrison has witnessed an alarming increase in the theft of car catalytic converters. This surge is not isolated to Harrison alone; it mirrors a statewide trend that has been escalating over the past few weeks. The Harrison Police Department is now urging residents to be extra vigilant and observant, especially during the overnight hours when these thefts are most prevalent.

Spotting Suspicious Activity

One of the key indicators of a potential theft in progress is the sight of a vehicle double-parked next to another car. This seemingly innocuous act might be a cover for thieves who are attempting to slide under the adjacent vehicle to remove its catalytic converter. Other signs to watch out for include:

  • Individuals appearing to inspect or crawl underneath vehicles.
  • Loud cutting noises, reminiscent of metal grinding against metal.
  • Visible sparks emanating from beneath a vehicle.

Safety First

The Harrison Police Department strongly advises residents against confronting these individuals directly. The potential risks involved in such confrontations can be significant. Instead, residents are urged to prioritize their safety and immediately report any suspicious activity to the Harrison Police Department at (973) 483-4101.

Preventing Catalytic Converter Thefts

While the community remains on high alert, car owners can take proactive steps to safeguard their vehicles against these thefts. Here are some preventive measures:

  1. Parking in Well-Lit Areas: Thieves often operate under the cover of darkness. Parking in well-lit areas can act as a deterrent.
  2. Installing Security Cameras: Visible security cameras can discourage potential thieves from targeting your vehicle.
  3. Catalytic Converter Protective Devices: There are devices specifically designed to shield catalytic converters, making them harder to access and remove. These can be installed by professionals and act as an added layer of protection.
  4. Marking the Catalytic Converter: Using a high-temperature marker to inscribe your vehicle's VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the converter can help in tracking it if stolen.

The Harrison Police Department is working diligently to curb car thief, community vigilance and preventive measures by car owners can play a pivotal role in stemming the tide of these thefts. Residents vigilance with the assistance of the Harrison Police Department can ensure the safety and security of our community.

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