Bayport police are holding a free catalytic converter marking event June 25 at the city’s public works department.
The city is participating in a pilot program for catalytic converter theft prevention through the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
From 1 to 3 p.m., officers will be helping residents apply the stickers and match them with a QR code to prevent theft, said Police Chief Laura Eastman.
According to the Department of Commerce, the intent of the program is to deter the theft of catalytic converters by marking them with unique identification numbers that permanently mark the catalytic converter.
CATGUARD labels are installed on the vehicle’s “cool-to-the-touch” catalytic converter and then a fluid is painted onto the label, which, once a vehicle is started, causes the unique number to be etched into the metal, according to information posted on the Commerce Department’s website.
“Once registered, the unique number allows law enforcement to trace a converter back to a specific vehicle if a converter were to be stolen and later recovered,” the website states.