After Catalytic Converter etching vehicle owners receive this sticker designed by the NICB
On Saturday November 5, 2022, employees at G & C Tire and Auto in Manassas, VA etched unique VINs on 50 vehicles
Heat resistant spray paint is used to mark catalytic converters
In a first of its kind partnership, the NICB has joined with law enforcement and Midas in Richmond, VA to initiate Operation Catalytic Converter Crackdown
Midas on Arthur Ashe Blvd in Richmond, VA is one of five Midas locations participating in Operation Catalytic Converter Crackdown
An employee at Midas in Colonial Heights, VA etches a unique VIN on a catalytic converter
On Saturday November 13, 2022, Midas at 10160 Hull St Midlothian, VA hosted a catalytic converter etching event
High temperature spray paint is used to mark a vehicle’s catalytic converter. The paint will only be visible underneath the vehicle and does not affect the operation.
Paint color coincides with the address shown on a vehicle’s registration
There are two Midas locations on West Broad St in Richmond where citizens can register for future etching events
On November 13, 2022, employees at five Midas locations in Richmond, VA etched unique VINs on catalytic converters of 80 vehicles
NICB Special Agent J. Hodge pictured with law enforcement officers at Midas in Richmond, VA
The month of November kicked off in Virginia with six catalytic converter VIN etching events. Partnering with G & C Tire and Auto Service in northern Virginia and five Midas locations in central Virginia NICB Special Agents and local law enforcement educated community members about catalytic converter thefts and the preventative measures that can be taken to avoid the thefts. Over the course of two weekends catalytic converters on 130 vehicles were etched with unique VINs. Citizens were given theft deterrent stickers designed by the NICB to display on their cars.