We’ve seen a recent increase in catalytic converter thefts in Ann Arbor, including on campus. Take these steps to help minimize your risk.
Prevention and protection tips:
- VIN etching or stickers
- Comprehensive insurance coverage
- Install cameras
- Park in a secure location whenever possible
- Park in a well-lit area or close to a building entrance
- Weld a cage or grate around the converter (average cost $300)
Theft of catalytic converters in the state of Michigan is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Scrap metal dealers may also be held responsible for the purchase of scrap metal known to have been stolen. It’s a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.
Help us by reporting any suspicious activity such as people under vehicles, sounds of tools in parking areas, or people trying door handles. Call 911 or (734) 763-1131 (on-campus).