Police warn Lakeview residents of catalytic converter thefts

January 21, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

The Chicago Police Department sent out a community alert to residents of the 19th District, which encompasses Lakeview, warning of "numerous" catalytic converter thefts around the city this winter.

Catalytic converters, which controls emissions in a car, are common targets of theft. When a car is missing its catalytic converter, the car will sound loud and "gravelly" when it starts, the police alert said, noting that theft usually takes place at night or early in the morning.

Police officials advice Chicagoans to always park their cars in well-lit areas, purchase a car security system, and ask a local muffler shop to weld the converter to the car's frame to keep it secure.

The alert also said that one sign of suspicious activity could be cars double-parked at night with the engine running.

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