Duncanville Police Department offering "Operation Etch and Catch" Event

Duncanville, TX - The Duncanville Police Department is going to offer “Operation Etch and Catch” on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 8am to 11am.  This is FREE event will take place in the Duncanville City Hall Parking Lot 200 E. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, Texas 75116.

Trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are prime targets for thieves looking to steal catalytic converters. The catalytic converter is part of the exhaust systemduncanville horizonal located underneath the vehicle and is designed to reduce the toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine. Thieves steal the catalytic converters because they contain small amounts of precious metals including platinum – which is worth up to $1,290 an ounce; palladium – which is worth up to $2,300 an ounce; and rhodium – which can trade for up to $24,000 an ounce on the market. Trucks and SUVs have been specifically targeted due to their higher stock ground clearance levels. Owners often only realize their catalytic converter has been stolen when they hear an abnormally loud exhaust noise upon starting their vehicle.

Thieves are able to steal the converters in as little as 90 seconds and the cost to the owner for replacement of these devices can range between $900 and $2,000.  Catalytic converters do not have serial numbers or identifiable markings making it very difficult for law enforcement officers to return the property to the owner when suspects are arrested with these stolen vehicle parts in their possession.

To help combat these thefts, the Duncanville Police Department is offering FREE etching on catalytic converters. This identifiable etching will help law enforcement officers identify the victim of the theft and return the property to the owner. At this time, we are going to be etching the vehicles license plate number on the converter till we come up with a better system to etch the entire VIN.

This FREE service will be offered on Saturday, September 25, 2021, between 8am to 11am.  Duncanville City Hall Parking Lot 200 E. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, Texas 75116. We just wanted other police agencies to be aware of this so if they run across converters that have etched numbers or find grind marks on the converters this may be where a license plate number or VIN had been etched.

If you want more information on this program or have ideas or suggestions, please contact Officer Doug Sisk with the Duncanville Police Crime Prevention office at (972) 780 – 5027 or by email