According to Lori Flaten, Deputy Chief with the Mandan Police, we have growing problem with thieves in the Bismarck Mandan area.  They're going after your car and specifically your catalytic converter.  Why your catalytic converter?  Because they contain precious metals, like platinum, palladium or rhodium, which are valuable to metal dealers. They can sell them to scrap yards for up $200 dollars.  This is according to an article on Allstate. 

It doesn't take a whole lot for crooks to pull this off either.  Literally.  All they need is a wrench if the converter is bolted on or a saw if it's welded on.  You'll never guess how quickly thieves can remove catalytic converters either?  In under one minute.  YIKES!

Local businesses are collaborating to help in deterring these thefts.

Mandan Tire, Bismarck Tire and Northwest Tire in Bismarck and Mandan will be holding Catalytic Converter Engraving events. The public will be able to have their vehicle’s catalytic converter engraved with an identification code at no charge.  According to law enforcement, this is the best way to detour crooks from stealing your catalytic converter.

Mandan Tire and Bismarck Tire will have events on the following Thursdays, June 17th, June 24th, July 1st and July 8th. Mandan Tire will hold their events from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. Bismarck Tire will hold their events from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. They will have hotdogs and popcorn at each event.

Northwest Tire stores will have events on the following Tuesdays, June 22nd, June 29th and July 6th. They will be doing the engraving all day, but will have hot dogs and snacks available from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

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