Catalytic converter thefts have been a problem in the area.

According to police, scrap metal thefts have been on the rise in the province of Alberta over the past few years.

"The main driver for scrap metal thieves is the prospect of turning over the metal for untraceable cash. Due to their value, non-ferrous metals have become a desired target of thieves looking to make a quick profit," said Fort Saskatchewan RCMP Constable Lauren Mowbray.

As they are located in the undercarriage of a vehicle, vehicles sitting higher up, like pickup trucks, are easy to get underneath to remove the converter. Catalytic converters are also not marked with any distinguishing features, so it is difficult to prove where they came from.

"Thieves' preferred time is typically in the early morning hours as they can go straight to a metal recycler and therefore are not in possession of the stolen property for long," added Mowbray.

She has some advice to help prevent catalytic converter thefts:

  • Park in a garage or locked compound.
  • Park in a well-lit area with surveillance cameras.
  • Invest in a car alarm.
  • Engrave or mark your catalytic converter, so it is distinguishable.