There has been an unusually high number of catalytic converter thefts in West Vancouver, and WVPD says it is working diligently to identify potential suspects.
Catalytic converters are generally located under the vehicle and are targeted because of the precious metals found inside them.
There have been as many as 12 cases of thefts of this type in the district, an “unusually high” number, says Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy of the West Vancouver Police Department.
“At this point, we don’t know why we are seeing an increase in these types of thefts. We are working diligently to identify people of interest,” he said.
Recently, two school buses were targeted by catalytic converter thieves. The buses were parked at the Collingwood School, and the thefts happened between May 21 and 26.
A converter was also stolen from a Honda car that was parked at Rockridge Secondary School. The car was owned by a school staff member. A catalutic convert was also stolen from a Ford van in West Van.
Goodmuprhy is encouraging residents to park their vehicles in a secure or well-lit area.
“If you hear what sounds like a strange grinding noise overnight, consider calling the police.”