NYPD, Bronx officials host catalytic converter educational event at Orchard Beach
Officials say New York drivers can now get their catalytic converter marked and labeled so that if it is stolen, it'll be easier for police to trace.
Catalytic converters reduce pollution by altering the harmful chemical compounds that a car releases. They're made out of special metals that can be worth thousands of dollars on the black market.
All across the city, the NYPD has been investigating cases of stolen converters. They say the numbers have doubled to around 7,000 compared to 2021.
The Bronx district attorney and the NYPD teamed up to host an educational event at Orchard Beach about the converters. Up to 80 people will be able to get a serial number engraved on their converter – something officials hope will discourage thieves.