Etch and Catch Event

etch_and_catchCatalytic converter theft continues to be a significant problem, often causing a significant financial loss to victims.  Having vehicle identification information engraved onto the catalytic converter helps fight this pernicious crime, and can assist in apprehending those responsible.  The Ripon Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) has partnered with our local Les Schwab tire center to provide this valuable service at no cost.

Help fight crime by having your vehicle’s license plate number etched on the catalytic converter of your raised pickup or SUV.  Any vehicle which provides a criminal easy access to it’s underside is a potential target for catalytic converter thieves, who steal them because of the recycling value of the precious metals.

Dates for specific events are communicated through the department’s website, social media outlets, and through our media partners.

  • Ripon Police Department

    259 N. Wilma Avenue
    Ripon, CA 95366

    9-1-1 Emergency
    (209) 599-5022 7-Digit Emergency
    (209) 599-2102 24/7 Non-Emergency
    599-RTIP - 24/7 Anonymous Tip Line
    (209) 599-4034 Fax

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